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Kawagoe’s oldest warehouse structure:

the residence of the Osawake family

 

Edo culture is strongly reflected in the details and designs of the architecture of Kawagoe,

and many buildings are both beautiful and practical.
The Osawake family residence is an important cultural property standing on Ichibanmachi, and is the oldest building in Kawagoe.
It was built by a dry-goods merchant in 1792. It has a simple design, but has ingenuity and is quite fire resistant.
It was one of the buildings that escaped the last large fire, and a prosperous Kawagoe merchant took this chance to build a warehouse.
They currently sell Kawagoe folk crafts and souvenirs on the first floor, and the second floor displays paintings of Kawagoe private houses.
The box staircase leading to the second floor and the staircase walls are worth seeing.
They handle a lot of souvenirs that you can only get in Kawagoe, so please come and visit.

 

osawakefamily

 

Admission Fee 200yen
Opening 10:00~17:00
Closed Monday
Address 1-15-2,Motomachi,Kawagoe-shi,Saitama,350-0053,Japan
Map Google map
Access

 Public Transport

・From Hon-Kawagoe Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line, ride the Tobu Bus to "Ichibangai"
・From Kawagoe Station on the Tobu Tojo Line or JR Kawagoe Line, ride the Tobu Bus to "Ichibangai"

Car
15 minutes from Kawagoe IC on the Kan-Etsu Expressway

Official site http://www.koedo.or.jp/foreign/english/sightseeing/highlight/
CHOKOTABI http://www.pref.saitama.lg.jp/chokotabi-saitama/eng/spot/sp60.html