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Kawagoe for Those with a Sweet Tooth

Hailing from the Meiji Era, Kashiya Yokocho brings travelers from all over together into a paradise of sweets. Otherwise known as “Candy Alley”, this street is lined with sweet shops selling a variety of taste-bud melting goods. Specifically designed for tourists, the power lines are underground, providing a clean and ‘easy on the eyes’ feel.

  • Kawagoe for Those with a Sweet Tooth

    Kawagoe for Those with a Sweet Tooth

    So, what type of sweets can you find in an alley dedicated to sweets? If it’s a traditional Japanese sweet, you’ll most likely find it here. From rice crackers and karinto to soft cakes filled with red bean paste, your mouth will water on sight. We recommend you shop for the long term - being surrounded by bright and traditional candies can quite quickly become a dangerous game. We have warned you.

    Kawagoe for Those with a Sweet Tooth

    Kawagoe for Those with a Sweet Tooth

    You will feel like you’ve been reverted to a child, literally, in a candy shop. As there are about 20 different shops offering their style of nostalgic sweets, you surely won’t run out of choice. This street is for the entire family to enjoy sweets infused sugar, and more importantly, cultural history.

    Kawagoe for Those with a Sweet Tooth

    Kawagoe for Those with a Sweet Tooth

    Beginning in the early Meiji Period, Candy Alley later became the main supplier of candy when Tokyo suffered the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. The area prospered and peaked in the early Showa Period with 70 shops in full operation. However, with the war came changes in lifestyle and as a result, certain luxuries were discarded.

    Kawagoe for Those with a Sweet Tooth

    Kawagoe for Those with a Sweet Tooth

    But now, the remaining shop owners share the luxury of serving visitors from near and far. They love to see faces squint and change when a new customer pops a Japanese peppermint candy or sweet potato cake in their mouth. No matter how rapidly and deeply time changes culture, there is a sense of preserving the connectedness between each person that hangs in the air here.

    Kawagoe for Those with a Sweet Tooth

    Kawagoe for Those with a Sweet Tooth

    It’s no wonder that Kashiya Yokocho was recognized as one of Japan’s “100 Scent Sceneries” by the Ministry of the Environment. There is a not only a strong waft sweetness that permeates the air. No, there is something much heavier and dense. The aroma of a long stretch of history that aims to bridge the gap between past generations and the current-day visitors that grace the area. This stretch of history continues to be punctuated by the bell tower that the locals ring four times a day.

    Kawagoe for Those with a Sweet Tooth

    Kawagoe for Those with a Sweet Tooth

    For those with a sweet tooth, Candy Alley in Kawagoe is a no-brainer. Not only will you be able to taste the traditional flavors of anko cakes, ice cream and an assortment of cookies and candies, you’ll also be able to touch a small piece of history. The shop owners and staff have seen many come and go, and when you meet them, you can feel a strong linkage between them and the history of the Alley. It’s almost like through interacting with them you’ll be able to transport yourself back in time to become a kid in an ancient candy store. Just don’t wait too long to brush your teeth after a trip down this Candy Alley.

    Kawagoe
    Address
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Wakitahonchou
    Phone
    Kashiya Yokocho (Candy Shop Alley)
    Address
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Motomachi 2-7
    Phone
    Time Bell Tower
    Address
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Saiwaichou 15-7
    Phone
    049-222-5556
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