Kawagoejyo Honmaru Palace
Kawagoejyo Honmaru Palace
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viaggioSensoriale
Cesena, Italy1,183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
Walking through the rooms of this magical residence of the first Shogun is a truly fantastic experience.
At every step the tatami postpones the stories and legends of the Edo period.
The beauty of the gardens that almost surprise you around the house is phenomenal a visit to this place is definitely an experience to do
Written August 15, 2019
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mintkt
Medan, Indonesia34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Friends
Kawagoe is famous for its little edo town. What is great about this place is that it does not look fabricated like those theme park which is re-constructed for tourism. Kawagoe feels real with real people living and doing business there!
Kawagoe castle remains is a must go spot because it will just complete your trip back to the Edo period!!!
Go there when the weather is warm enough to wear yukata and immerse with the town!
Written February 17, 2012
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YoukoFujima
52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
I was very surprised to find out that the admission for the accessible castle closest to Tokyo only costs 100 yen to get in! What a deal! There’s a really neat room with three samurai statues to see how a discussion looked back in the day. The rooms are very spacious and open for visitors to walk around on. There’s not much displayed in terms of furniture or anything, but they do have samurai armor as well as the sheath of one of the three main Japanese Spears, Otegine, on display. It’s a bit of a walk from the main shopping district of Koedo in Kawagoe, but worth checking out!
Written August 17, 2018
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Just-Julie-Cairns
Cairns, Australia869 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
If you are anything like me and love to visit the Castles of Japan, then you would appreciate what is left of Kawagoe's Castle. My first visit just happened to coincide with a public holiday and it was not open so I could only view from the outside. My second visit a few months later and I was pleased to see it open to the public. We were offered information in English and followed the route arrows. Although this is all that is left of the Castle that once stood here, it is always interesting to me to see the beauty of the buildings and their gardens. At the final room of the tour there stands two sets of armour of which I was taking a photo from a distance. One of the staff members offered for me to enter the tatami mats to get better photos. I found it very interesting and well worth the visit.
Written April 27, 2017
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NST
Lichfield, UK160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Please take a 100 yen out of your pocket and visit this wonderful building. Feel the atmosphere of how the lords must have lived. Only a small part remains but worth the walk out of kawagoe.
Written July 24, 2019
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unescotravelbug
Wooster, OH4,604 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
City of Kawagoe a.k.a Little Edo was once an important commodity resource and business trades to Edo (today's Tokyo) during the Edo period. The city avoided severe damages after the air raid bombings by WWW II western allies that mainly aimed at large area of Tokyo. Kawagoe was not only important on commodity trades it also had closed ties to Edo Period’s ruling family due to its strategic position. A defense structure and residence Kawagoe Castle was built for the feudal lords appointed by ruling party of Tokugawa Shogunate. Today the only structure remained is Honmaru Goten, a piece of history for visitors to witness. City’s loop bus stops here. Visitors can visit part of the residence rooms and looking out to the garden. The information and brochures are in Japanese and no audio guide available. For the westerners this visit would not be as convenient as you wish unless you study it on the website prior to your visit. Admission charged.
Written August 26, 2018
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Scottie B
Philippines290 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
If you are in Kawagoe, it is nice to visit the place but it is just one of the sights to visit kn Kawagoe.
Written June 10, 2018
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Blank B
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
My girlfriend and I visited the Honmaru Goten while on our way to the Hon Kawagoe Spatiotemporal Bell. The remains of this castle are not big and seeing all of it will not take long - you might even skip it depending on how long you plan to be in Hon Kawagoe. However, touring the castle offers great learning opportunities about the history of Japanese carpentry and the restoration efforts the town had undergone to keep the castle remains alive. The inner garden brings calm and is a pleasant site.

The Koedo Famous Location Loop Bus can bring you here for 3 dollars and entry is free but the snapshot of Edo period life and culture is priceless.
Written April 7, 2017
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stephen20162016
Kawagoe, Japan1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
It's really just a facade. The castle of old would have been impressive but now Kawagoe High School lurks behind and to the left. Housing is on the right. I expected more.I've been once and will leave it at that.....
Written August 24, 2016
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Lisa J
Noosa, Australia100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016
Although the castle itself has long since disappeared, the Honmaru Goten (Lords residence) remains in original condition and dates from 1878. It is well worth visiting this gorgeous building, mostly empty rooms covered in Tatami mats, to get a feel for the architecture and style of the times. Entry fee is ¥100, better value and much larger and more evocative than the remains of Edo Castle in Kitain Temple. You can see why it's s popular spot for filming Japanese period dramas. Surrounded by a small garden, extremely evocative. One of our favourite parts of Kawagoe.
Written February 20, 2016
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