Kawagoe Festival

19 Oct

川越 (Kawagoe) is a town in 埼玉県 (Saitama Prefecture) north of Tokyo.

Kawagoe has many old traditional temples, shrines, statues and other structures standing, so it is nicknamed 「小江戸」 (Ko-Edo), whcih means “Little Edo” (Edo was Tokyo’s name centuries ago).

Kawagoe has connections to the first shogun, Ieyasu. When the shogun died, his remains were brought to Nikko for burial. On the way there, a ceremony was held at a temple in Kawagoe.
Ieyasu died 400 years ago…so this year’s annual Kawagoe Festival was special.

The Kawagoe Festival was held yesterday and the day before. We went to it yesterday. (Click here to see this images in a slideshow):

2 Responses to “Kawagoe Festival”

  1. Lorna November 10, 2015 at 9:07 am #

    We missed the festival, as we went to Kawagoe on 11/1 (the day before we left Japan). We did go to the festival museum, though. It is a very nice little town (of course, we wanted to see the Koedo part, with the old buildings, and visit the candy street), but although we caught the bus to the watchtower, we slowly meandered back to the station on foot, and it was a nice walk. Loved the old buildings there!


    • tokyo5 November 10, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

      Well, even without the festival, Kawagoe is a nice place to visit. Certainly less crowded without the festival!


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