From the Kawagoe Prince Hotel to vacation rentals, read on to find out about the best places to stay in Kawagoe, Japan.
Kawagoe is a city where the old mixes with the new, and the past seeps into the modern. Just 45 minutes away by train from Tokyo, it is known affectionately as Little Edo for the pockets of centuries-old buildings preserved around the city. In particular, the main pedestrian district is lined with Kurazukuri, or warehouses, reminiscent of architecture in ancient Edo. To immerse fully in the offerings of Kawgoe, we offer eight accomodations that span the spectrum of traditional to modern.
Just 300 m from Candy Lane, Ryokan Matsumuraya is a two-story building with black ceramic tile roofs, and wooden panels across its windows. It is clear how the contemporary interior draws inspiration from the old. Glass sliding doors replace parchment for insulation, and smooth parquet adds a contemporary touch to the floors. The rooms retain a simple charm with tatami-lined flooring, unvarnished wood beams, and alcoves for storage. Guests can change into their yukatas, and enjoy a soothing bath in the ofuros, or hot tubs.
Address: 350-0062 Saitama, Kawagoe, Motomachi 1-1-11, Japan (see map)
Price: from 67 USD
Guesthouse in Kawagoe is a quintessentially Japanese-style home between the train station and the main street. Unlike the other traditional accommodations on the list, this guesthouse exudes a less polished, but more authentic vibe, due to its simple use of wood on its frames and fittings. The real draw of the place is a Samurai suit that guests can put on and take pictures with. Talk about living the life of a real Edo-era warrior! On cold evenings, you can even warm your tea in the charcoal brazier, built right into the floor.
While Guesthouse in Kawagoe is fitted with a western-style toilet, guests will have to go to a nearby public bath for a proper shower, as is the custom here.
Guesthouse in Kawagoe
Price: from 65 USD
Number of Guests: 4
A mere 4 mins from Honkawagoe train station, Kawagoe Prince Hotel is one of the most value for money options. This 3 star hotel is clean, tidy, and surprisingly spacious, with large windows in each room that let in plenty of natural light. While most of the rooms are classic Western, the hotel offers an opulent Tatami suite gilded in black and gold.
Kawagoe Prince Hotel has an onsite beauty parlor where guests can unwind after a long day of walking with an aromatherapy massage. A souvenir shop conveniently located in the lobby, and a shopping plaza adjacent to the hotel mean you never need venture far for entertainment.
Kawagoe Prince Hotel
Address: 350-8501 Saitama, Kawagoe, Shintomi 1-22, Japan (see map)
Price: from 91 USD
This private Japanese-style bedroom is an affordable B&B 3 mins from Kawagoe station. The apartment reflects the blend of traditional and modern that characterizes Kawagoe. It has an up-to-date kitchen and bathroom, but the bedroom is set in customary Japanese style with thick futons and woven tatami. The standard of service displayed by the host, Miko, far exceeds the price of the place. Not only does she go out of her way to ensure her guests have a memorable stay, the bubbly host also speaks fluent English and Italian, and is more than delighted to direct guests to the best spots in Kawagoe.
Private Japanese-style bedroom
Price: from 37 USD
Number of Guests: 3
Hotel Cooju is a utility hotel located in the vicinity of Kawagoe station as well. Its en-suite rooms, more spacious than most other hotels around, are designed in a sleek monochrome theme and well-equipped with modern appliances. There is also an amenity corner at the lobby where guests can help themselves to a range of quality bath and grooming products. Hotel Cooju is great for those who want a fuss free accommodation to rest and refresh.
Address: 350-1122 Saitama, Kawagoe, Wakitamachi 17-4, Japan (see map)
Price: from 223 USD
This 3 bedroom house in Historical Kawagoe is great for larger groups as it can comfortably house up to 9 people in its two stories. Guests have full private access to the entire house. There is a fully-furnished kitchen should you decide to try your hands at cooking, a bathroom complete with a tub, and futons that you can roll out however you decide on the sleeping arrangements. Of the three bedrooms, two open up to a small balcony from which you can observe the happenings of life in a typical residential neighborhood in Japan.
Right at the doorstep is the beautiful Ukishima Shrine. Though small, the 330 year old temple is one of the most tranquil sites in Kawagoe. The 3 bedroom house is also just a 10 min walk away from the bustling Warehouse District – just far enough away from the noise without missing out on the attractions.
House Historical Kawagoe
Price: from 65 USD
Number of Guests: 9
Kawagoe Tobu Hotel is a business hotel located between the train station and the historic centre. Although slightly dated in its decor, the carpeted floor and sweeping staircase of the lobby retains that grandeur of older hotels. Likewise, the rooms are comfortable and functional, if not the most up-to-date. The biggest selling point of Tobu Hotel is the impeccable service of its staff, whose professionalism is often warmed by their friendliness.
Kawagoe Tobu Hotel
Address: 350-1122 Saitama, Kawagoe, Wakita-machi 29-1, Japan (see map)
Price: from 75 USD
Wakatake Ryokan is a modest hotel on a quiet but safe corner of the street, 350 m (0.2 mi) from the train station, and approximately 1.2 km (0.75 mi) from the major landmarks. Although the beige and white facade of the building looks wholly modern, it offers both Western-style rooms with single or double beds, and tatami-lined Japanese rooms where guests will sleep on plum futons. Both room types are fully equipped with a television and WiFi.
Address: 350-0042 Saitama, Kawagoe, Nakaharamachi 2-21-3, Japan (see map)
Price: from 116 USD
Living within history
In this small city of Kawagoe, you rarely have to travel far to get a taste of history and culture. If you want the full-fledge experience of living like the locals, opt for a traditional Japanese-style room or ryokan. There are also a decent range of Western-style hotels for those who prefer a bed to a futon. Regardless of the type of accomodation, you can be sure to receive a warm welcome by the locals.
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