The spirit of old Edo is what you can breathe in the neighborhood of Kawagoe, with stash houses converted into shops, restaurants and temples and offering a great view for the intrepid tourist. I preferred to walk and suddenly found myself in the Gion district of Kyoto. The buildings are such that you expect an apprentice Geisha to appear at any time. There is a very famous street where they sell candy and sweets of life. You can also find a kind of loaf of bread but twice as long, called "Fugashi" and it is like pastry crust. A typical icon of the city is the tower with a fire bell rang. With all wooden and paper houses, a fire at was the most terrible thing that could strike the area. Today the tower tells the time, but I fear that it is by way of a recording through speakers rather than the actual sound. To go there from take the Yamanote Line to Ikebukuro Station and then take the Kawagoe Tobu Tojo Line express train.
This spring I visited this beautiful park and for me it was like walking in a field of dreams. I have been lucky enough to visit many incredible places throughout Japan, but certainly this is one of the ones I have been most impressed by. Mainly because of its color and the peace there. You must visit it during the spring if you have the chance.
It is about 50km north of Tokyo in Saitama. It is a 126 Cunjunto tomb on a hill that dates back 1300 - 1400 years ago. In a building there are many artifacts of the time such as dishes, pots, accessories. there is also "Magatama", a village that lived thousands of years ago in the area and the which also whose reuins were found. In some of the tombs grew bright moss which is hard to see in the Kanto area and is protected by the government. Below the tombs there are 3 caves 500m long and 3m in diameter excavated in WWII, inside which served as a weapons factory and aircraft engines. In the next building you can see some photos of the early 20th century well preserved in which, of course, these caves are not reflected (or faux holes that were built close). On the inside, though no one can visit services are preserved, some water tanks and wells. As a curiosity that in this national monument some chapters have been recorded children's series and movies as Kamen Rider and Ultraman. Admission is 300 yen.