Sunday, October 18, 2015

Tokyo 2015: Day Trip to Kawagoe

Manila has Intramuros, Kuala Lumpur has Malacca, Tokyo has Kawagoe. Not too far from central Tokyo is a city which allows one to get a glimpse on how Tokyo was during the time it was still known as Edo.

Traditional warehouses, constructed in an architecture style popular during the Edo Period, can be seen lining the streets. Some that date back from the 18th and 19th centuries are still standing.

The Toki No Kane (Bell of Time) bell tower, which is the symbol of Kawagoe, can be seen on one of the streets.

It's easy to spend half a day just walking around to check out the shops selling all sorts of items and restaurants/food places selling yum treats. What I liked most was just observing the architecture of the houses and shops. It was definitely a good break from the skyscrapers and buildings of central Tokyo.

Many thanks to my friend for driving to Kawagoe. More thanks for welcoming me to their lovely home. It was a wonderful dinner with the family followed by the enjoyable stroll around the neighbourhood, and of course, drinks at the neighbourhood izakaya.

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