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Introducing a Video Full Of the Charms of Kawagoe, Saitama

This video, titled "JOURNEY THROUGH SPACE-TIME~ Kawagoe City Promotion Movie" (【日本語】時空を超える旅~JOURNEY THROUGH SPACE-TIME~ Kawagoe City Promotion Movie), was uploaded by "kawagoecitychannel" (kawagoecitychannel 川越市チャンネル).

Kawagoe, Saitama, located in Japan's Kanto region is referred to as "Little Edo" (Ancient Tokyo) and there are many places where you can experience traditional Japanese culture.
When the woman in the video, wearing a unique kimono, steps into the streets of Kawagoe, it's as if she's stepped back in time to a Japan that existed hundreds of years ago!

Kawagoe, located in the southern part of Saitama, is a popular tourist spot that can be reached from Tokyo in 30 minutes.
Enjoy viewing the charms of Kawagoe.

Kawagoe - The Host of the Tokyo Olympics Golfing Event!

Image of golf
Photo:Golf

During the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, various sport events are scheduled to be held at venues around Japan and the number of tourists is expected to rise.
The golfing events will be held at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, Saitama which can be seen from 0:23 in the video.

Kasumigaseki Country Club is full of natural scenery and has hosted many international golf tournaments in the past.
Players from all over the world can enjoy the fresh breeze as they play golf.

The Charms of Kawagoe

Image of Honmaru Goten, Kawagoe Castle, Saitama Prefecture
Photo:Honmaru Goten, Kawagoe Castle, Saitama Prefecture

The route around Kawagoe Castle's Inner Palace and the castle town is popular among tourists.
First, enjoy sightseeing at Kawagoe Castle and Kawagoe Kita-in Temple, shown at 8:26 in the video.
The shopping street Taisho Roman Yume Dori and Kashiya Yokocho are lined with shops selling Instagrammable traditional crafts and local food from Kawagoe.

When going sightseeing here, you can stop by a kimono studio and find one to wear around town. This can be seen at from 2:58 in the video.
There are also rickshaws and bikes, which can be seen from 5:05.
Other highlights of Kawagoe include the retro bus (6:16) and the lantern studio (6:25)!

The Popular Kawagoe Festival

Image of Kawagoe Festival floats, Saitama Prefecture
Photo:Kawagoe Festival floats, Saitama Prefecture

As you can see from 10:53 in the video, the Kawagoe Festival is an annual fall festival of Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine held every October.
On the day of the festival, Kawagoe is decorated with traditional Japanese lanterns, and floats and the music echoes through the air.
At the end of the festival, you can see a large display of fireworks in the starry sky.

Enjoy the festival by wandering the streets and temples in kimono/yukata and eating eel kabayaki, the local specialty of Kawagoe.

Summary of Kawagoe, a Charming Town in Saitama Prefecture

image of Little Edo in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture
Photo:Little Edo in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture

Kawagoe, Saitama, just an hour from Tokyo, is full of amazing sightseeing destinations and delicious food.
Be sure to check out the video and go sightseeing in Kawagoe!

【Official Website】Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture City Hall Website 
https://www.city.kawagoe.saitama.jp/foreignlanguage/index.html

【Tripadvisor】Kawagoe City
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g298177-Kawagoe_Saitama_Prefecture_Kanto-Vacations.html

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Sep. 15, 2020
Japan
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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Kawagoe - A City in Saitama Prefecture Full Of Fascinating Sights! Only an Hour From Tokyo, There's a Whole World of Retro Cityscapes To Explore Here!
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