Strolling at Kichijoji

Kichijyoji (30 7 2020) Kichijyoji, only 15 min. by train from Shinjuku, has many faces loved by all generations. Let’s start from a statue of elephant Hanako, the oldest elephant lived in Japanese zoo, past away at 2016 at 69 years old, in front of the station. Near the station, many customers were in lines in front of popular shops. Some popular old shops are in line on the streets A little walk from the station, many stylish or eccentric looking shops are coming into view. Near the shopping street, some temples such as Ensoji are locating but no Kichijyoji … Continue reading Strolling at Kichijoji

One-day trip to Kawagoe

Kowagoe (05 7 2020) Kawagoe, located about 50km north-west and the nearest castle town from Edo (former name of Tokyo). Kawagoe castle was important castle as a defense fort and many important feudal loads, such as Matsudaira clam or Sakai clam were deployed.  I visited a part of former main buildings of Kawagoe castle, recently Then I visited picturesque Hikawa shrine. famous for instagrammers. Then I walked around traditional snacks street and watched a bell tower in warehouse district in short time. This tourists spot 1hour from Tokyo starts getting visitors by and by after almost shut down by new … Continue reading One-day trip to Kawagoe