Last month, we went to Kawagoe, an old town outside of Tokyo. We went there by car, but it's only 30 minutes by train from Ikebukuro. Kawagoe prospered during the Edo-period still holds it's traditional charm and is called Ko-Edo (meaning little edo). As you stroll along the streets, you'll find the old-fashioned merchants' shops that you can no longer find in Tokyo. We only went to one part of Kawagoe, but this city seems to have many places to visit. So if you are wondering about places to go next weekend, Kawagoe may be an option.
It was a pure coincidence that my students that came to my class the next day were also in Kawagoe on the day we were there!
For details on on sightseeing areas, visit this useful site (Multi-Language) >>> Koedo-Kawagoe
I'm Miyuki and I teach Japanese Home cooking at my home in Tokyo.