Strolling around Kawagoe’s retro “Koedo”, featured in the anime, “Kamisama Kiss”!

Kawagoe city in Saitama Prefecture was developed as a castle town of Shinpan and Fudai’s Kawagoe domain during the Edo period (1603-1868) and its historical scenery is preserved through the legal system. It takes around an hour to get there from Tokyo and about 6.2 million people visit every year. The site is also famous as being a featured location in the famous comic book that was made into an anime called “Kamisama Kiss”.

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A Koedo street.


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Warehouse style architecture

The tower bell

Kawagoe’s appeal is its warehouse style architecture!

Many of you have heard the word “edo”. As you know it refers to a period between 1603〜1868 in Japan and it used to be the current Tokyo. A town that preserves characteristics from the edo period is referred to as “koedo” and one such place is Kawagoe city in Saitama Prefecture. Kawagoe city is the third largest city with an abundance of this cultural property and its appeal is the warehouse style architecture. Japanese people always enjoy the dark exteriors and tiled roofing of this architectural style. The tower bell that still works to this day, has been in use for over 100 years and is something you should check out.

An old front engine bus
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Let’s find the three different emblems from the animation “Kamisama Kiss”!

If you visit Kawagoe, please take a tour on the Kawagoe tour bus! Its retro look is so cute and picturesque! Kawagoe is the town featured in the anime version of “Kamisama Kiss”, and is actually used in the anime in the scene when the heroin goes to school. It runs between February and December of 2015 (Scheduled). Three different emblems are attached to each of the red, blue, and green buses. It’s a ‘must do’ if you’re a fan of Kamisama Kiss!

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©鈴木ジュリエッタ/白泉社・神様はじめました製作委員会2015

◎Red Bus ― Adult Kurama/Child Kurama
◎Green Bus ― Nanami&Tomoe
◎Blue Bus ― Kirihito/Akuraou

Kita-in

Find featured locations and tour around town!

This is a temple called “Kita-in”. You can buy Ema (plaques) that have anime characters on them. Hie shrine looks just like the one that appeared in the anime, so it’s also worth the visit.

café Kasuga

After walking around the town, why not take a break here at café Kasuga? It also appeared in the anime, so having a cup of coffee here is sentimental for those who love Kamisama Kiss. Kawagoe is full of history and has so much to see. It’ll be more unforgettable if you tour the city while looking for featured locations in the anime.

Map

1-20-1 Kosenbamachi, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama Prefecture

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Wasabi

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I’m a freelance translator from Tokyo who likes to travel right in the middle of the unpredictables in life. Through the translation of articles I hope to create points of contact between Japan and the rest of the world. As a writer, I want to add information that isn’t in the guide book, from a “wasabi” perspective!

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Address 1-20-1 Kosenbamachi, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama Prefecture
Access 20 min walk from Tobu Tojo line & JR Kawagoe station. 15 min walk from Seibu Shinjuku line Hon-Kawagoe station.
Website http://www.kawagoe.com/kitain/