before my stay at asakadai expires, i went to kawagoe with daeyoung, along the tobu tojo line, just 15mins away. it's 240yen from asakadai. can't imagine if i had to take it from ikebukuro...
the schedule for today!
we had to walk all the way to the heart of kawagoe (known as little edo). stopped along a mart for some ice-cream cos it was sooo hot.
first it was all temples and shrines.
there were also tombs around
i can't really identify all the structures...
daeyoung photoshooting some statue
a dilapidated graveyard...
it was full of cricket sounds. luckily it seemed closed at the top or daeyoung would have possibly forced me to climb it.
finally reached one of the main attraction
climbed up to some solitary house
nothing much inside...
graveyard behind it
whatever this is...
here's the kita-in temple
washed our hands...
and went to ring the gong
some other things around it
this looks like the bridge in shows such as onmyouji (ancient japanese era) and harutoki where the people like to walk leisurely by and chat
ooh saw a docomo plane flying by
a map to tell us all the fun places in kawagoe
so up next, the bell tower! which is a restaurant. (not the real tower...)
another temple... didn't really enter it though
went into an okashi shop
and bought sweets from there~
next we stopped at the honmaru jo - a leftover part of the kawagoe castle
it was only 50yen for the entrance fees for students
some samurai sedan
daeyoung decided to sleep in one of the empty rooms. he really looks like a bear.
and this seems like a timeline showing the evolution of the japanese people
a room that's not empty... i suppose someone do stay here after all!
went past the historical museum but didn't go in
stopped to buy ice again!
a lacy shop along the way...
and a tofu shop! looks like the one in initial d.
finally reached our edo street!! it is soooo lovely here! all the shops sell pretty different things. there's one that's a 1050yen shop selling lots of neat stuff like japanese-printed belts and bags, hats, yukatas, etc
ate the tapioca there. nice!
and found the real bell tower.
then it was about 6-7pm already so we went home since daeyoung had to meet his friend.