A quaint little old town filled with shrines. Where old architecture charmed us tile by tile. And old time shop keepers sold traditional sweets from their childhood. Unique snacks, souvenirs and even somewhere to make a kimono. Stalkerboy and I had a fun filled day outside the city.
The hop on and off loop bus was about $5. A map of the route could be found before boarding. Here’s the full direction.
Our first stop was T2
The brown sugar exterior was so crisp and delicate with a softer inside. As it got closer to the filling, it got more moist. Not overly sweet but so flavorful. Unfortunately, they have a short shelf life, as with many Japanese sweets made without preservatives, which is a good thing. We had a couple each with some cold tea. Wish I could of brought a whole box back.
Our next stop was T11, T12, T13
Getting lost and exploring was part of the charm.
In the Edo Period, pork and beef were prohibited, so eel was a protein substitute. We heard unagi (eel) is a Kawagoe specialty, so we stopped at a local corner restaurant for a late lunch. The unagi was tender, sweet and chard. The clear soup had some eel innards, which was bitter. The meal was good but nothing I can’t get in Tokyo. I would of preferred saving my appetite for all the snacks instead.
They even sold fried eel bone as snacks. Which reminded me of our special dinner at EN Brasserie in NYC.
After lunch we wandered onto the candy street, where a local sugar artist made a beautiful swan right in front of our eyes. This took me back to my own childhood, where the old uncle around my house would make sugar characters from Monkey Journey to the West.
Fluffy and melted in my mouth. Naturally sweet, steaming kept all the natural flavors. Really really pure and outstanding. Again, I wish I could bring a few home, but it just wouldn’t have been the same.
Highly recommended it if you have a free day while visiting Tokyo.
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