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Kawagoe’s Little Edo Cafe Tour





Hello, I am Rachma and I will be teaching you about the sightseeing in Saitama Prefecture.

Today I would like to introduce Kawagoe’s cafes along the warehouse street remaining from the Edo period.


When people think of Kawagoe, they think of the famous warehouse street, shrines, and the Toki no Kane, but there are also many stylish cafes.


Kawagoe has many cafes, but this time I will be introducing the cafes in an area called Ichibanmachi (一番街) in the warehouse district. Ichibanmachi is about a 10 minute walk from the Seibu Shinjuku Line’s Hon-Kawagoe Station, and a 20 minute walk from the JR Line and Tobu Tojo Line’s Kawagoe Station.


I arrived at Ichibanmachi, and ate lunch at the Satsuma Imo Cafe. This cafe is well-established with over a 30 year history.


I had the salmon and rice and the Kawagoe specialty, satsuma imo (sweet potato), set meal. The sweet potato was very tender, had a sweet flavor, and was quite delicious. 


Although I could not have it this time, I recommend the popular Beni Aka Parfait. 


Address 2 Chome-16 Saiwaicho, Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture 350-0063
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 After eating lunch, I had some sweets at the Cafe Elebert.


At this shop, you can drink every variety of COEDO beer, and sweets made with sweet potato, a Kawagoe specialty.This time I had the popular “satsuma imo custard pudding”, made with real sweet potatoes. Ice cream goes well with this rich pudding.





Address 6-4 Nakacho, Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture 350-0065
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After having the satsuma imo pudding, I headed to the Lightning Cafe.


In this cafe, you can have a healthy dessert made with matcha and genmai (brown rice). This time I got the “gateau matcha” that is made with Kawagoe matcha, and a “hot smoothie” made with kouso genmai (enzyme brown rice).







Address 15-21 Saiwaicho, Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture
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On the way back, I bought baked sweet potatoes at “Tsuboyaki Hiramotoya”. In this 66 year old shop, you can have roasted sweet potatoes that were baked in a stone crock. This shop was shown on many Japanese media outlets, so famous people often visit this well-known store.





Address 1 Chome-23-1, Matsuecho Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture 350-0056
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Kawagoe has many cafes that offers meals and sweets using regional specialties. Please come try the various cafes in Kawagoe and look for your own favorite dish.