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Address: 2-13-1 Kuruwamachi, Kawagoe 350-0053, Saitama Prefecture
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We were the only non-Japanese when we visited

This place has been restored and entrance is currently free, to celebrate the inscription of Kawagoe Hikawa Float Festival on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible List... read more

Reviewed 16 December 2016
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My girlfriend and I visited the Honmaru Goten while on our way to the Hon Kawagoe Spatiotemporal Bell. The remains of this castle are not big and seeing all of it will not take long - you might even skip it depending on how long you plan to be in Hon Kawagoe. However, touring the castle offers great learning opportunities... More 

Thank Blank B
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938 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 312 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

A castle once stood in Kawagoe, but not much is left and the castle grounds are now part of public parks. The Honmaru Goten, the main residence of the lord, is the only structure that remains which only requires a few minutes to look around.

Thank thelonious22
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238 reviews
117 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

This place has been restored and entrance is currently free, to celebrate the inscription of Kawagoe Hikawa Float Festival on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible List of Humanity. You have to take off your footwear and carry them in a plastic bag. There are also several exhibition halls on the premises. We were the only non-Japanese when we visited.

Thank fire-tower
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32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

The approach is compelling, leading you to a larger carved parapet, massive beamed structure, built around gardens and courtyards. We were there on a holiday, and it was only open to The locals.

Thank Nisa M
Kawagoe, Japan
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 August 2016

It's really just a facade. The castle of old would have been impressive but now Kawagoe High School lurks behind and to the left. Housing is on the right. I expected more.I've been once and will leave it at that.....

1 Thank stephen20162016
Melbourne, Australia
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52 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016

We decided to visit this castle after we had visited Kawagoe's Warehouse District. When you come to the end of the warehouses at an intersection,turn left to walk towards the Kawagoe palace around 1km walk. The palace was ordinary. I have seen better gates to temples than this palace. Apparently only one of the original palace rooms survived. Paid 100... More 

Thank RichardS069
Sydney, Australia
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274 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2016

Excellent castle to venture into not too long and very interesting. Some fully there and other just able to be seen in maps and Photos as part of the land has been used now for housing. Well worth the walk around Kawagoe to get here and see it

Thank David H
Santa Clara, California
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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

100Y only (kitain was 400Y). Peaceful stop but kitain's garden is much more beautiful. Samurai mannequins were creepy. Fun to sit on the tatami and enjoy the garden

Thank b_lizard76
Sydney, Australia
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

Although the castle itself has long since disappeared, the Honmaru Goten (Lords residence) remains in original condition and dates from 1878. It is well worth visiting this gorgeous building, mostly empty rooms covered in Tatami mats, to get a feel for the architecture and style of the times. Entry fee is ¥100, better value and much larger and more evocative... More 

1 Thank Lisa J
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43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2015

Also know as Honmaru Goten. It's quite a fair bit of walk if you are coming from penny candy lane, roughly around 20-30 mins. Only come here if you are really into historic seeing. If not, give this a miss.

Thank aska215

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