Kawagoe Candy Street Stores 菓子屋横丁
Open Hours: 10:00 - 17:00 (closed on Mondays usually)
Address: 2-7 Motomachi, Kawagoe, Saitama
Tel: +81 49 224 5940
In Japanese, this street is called Kawagoe Kashiya Yokocho which translates to Candy Stores on side alleys away from the main road. This was established towards the beginning of the Meiji period, to provide humble and homey sweets for the children in the area. However, after the great Kanto earthquake this establishment took on a good majority of the sweets production after factories in more central Tokyo were destroyed after the earthquake. As a result, there was a time in the early Showa era where there were more than 70 stores on this street. As time passed and wars were waged, lifestyles had changed, more and more stores started to close shop. Now, there are 20 plus stores-- less than half of what there used to be, but the energy runs just as high, if not more. There is still humanity, kindness and a sense of strong, tightly knit community. This area appeals across generations. Children can experience what it was like to be children when their parents were younger, and the parents can take a trip down memory lane, revel in nostalgia. Visitors can catch a glimpse of a unique Japan, and a new food culture in Japan as well, different from that of western confectioneries. Everyone who visits can embrace their childish side even just for a day. No matter how long this place has been around, no matter what time period it is, the Kawagoe Candy Stores Street provides a place of comfort, nostalgia and hominess. Come hungry, buy, nibble and walk some more!