Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
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mlguitar
Singapore, Singapore2,241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Before our trip to Japan in Dec 2023, I was googling on where I can go for a free and easy day trip that was near to Tokyo. I chanced upon a recommendation to Kawagoe which is an "old Kobe" city about 1 hour 30 mins away from Shinjuku.

We took a JR train from Shinjuku and arrived at Kawagoe JR station. The walk from the station to this Shrine is at least 30 mins. I found out on internet that we could take Bus 6 and stop directly in front of the Shrine.

After you exit from the JR station, you need to go down one level to the small bus interchange just below the station. As we couldn't find the correct bus, I just approached the bus driver of another bus for direction and found the correct bus immediately. So don't feel shy to ask any Japanese if you are lost as they are usually very helpful to guide you if they can. I spoken to them in simple single English word. They either point you to the correct place or might be able to reply you in simple English too!

The bus journey is about 10 mins and you need to pay attention to the bus stop name on the display panel. You enter the bus by the back door and alight the bus by the front door. You will need to tap your transport IC card or pay the cash at the exit.

This Shrine was built in the 6th century. As we went to this Shrine on Thursday morning, there was not a lot of people at this Shrine. Due to global warming, I was very surprised to see autumn colours of maple trees in this Shrine and one nearby garden.

On the main entrance, you will find “dry ponds” of pink and red wooden fishes. For 300 yen, you use the fishhook and “fish” out your fortune forecast. If the fortune forecast is not good, you can tie the fortune on the string at the Shrine and left the bad fortune forecast behind. Alternatively, you can just draw the fortune paper with 100 yen if you do not need the wooden fish. Just a note, the fortune will be written in Japanese only and you will need to use google translate to understand your fortune. I took my “red fish” home as a souvenir from this Shine.

You can move around the Shrine as long you do not enter the area that is not opened to public. There was a private blessing event happening in the Shrine when we visited.

After the visit, we walked to our next destination – Toki No Kane Bell Tower and Kawagoe Ichibangai!
Written 11 January 2024
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Zachary H
Tokyo, Japan5,641 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
What a beautiful and fun shrine to visit! The wind chimes - which you can buy at the shrine - are beautiful and appear to be handmade.

This shrine is also popular for couples to visit. It’s considered good luck for lovers to walk around the two ancient trees on site (for good luck in the relationship).

Free entry. Well worth a visit!
Written 22 August 2021
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Raymund
Jersey, UK283 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It’s a typical temple. I would recommend couples to come here during the wind chime festival to make love chimes LOL
Written 9 January 2020
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Ant
Moscow, Russia30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
This shrine is about 10 min walk from the old town of Kawagoe. It features a very relaxing atmosphere and has many places to take nice pictures. If you wear yukata, the pictures will turn out to be even better. The place is popular among those who seek for love and want to pray and make a wish for it
Written 14 July 2019
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MeredithAussie
Melbourne, Australia1,860 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
What an interesting Shrine, easily accessed on foot from the edge of the KoEdo district, or by bus directly from Kawagoe Station.
On the day we visited, the torii gate entrance was festooned with red and white windmill toys – very pretty. The shrine is known as a place to pray for a partner, or a happy relationship, so it was pretty busy with young people. To the side you can ‘fish’ for your fortune, hooking a small papier-maché red fish (for a year’s good luck) or a pink or white fish (for love). It costs ¥300, and it’s fun to do. But the fortune paper inside is written in Japanese, so could be tricky working out if you have good or bad luck!
The ema plaques on which the faithful write their prayers are hung in a tunnel-shaped structure, which is quite interesting to walk through, peeking at the different designs on the plaques and guessing what they must be for. However, it’s considered rude to read the prayers/wishes on them, so be discreet.
At the back of the shrine are two beautiful, old zelkova trees, a symbol of a married couple. There is a little paved path around them, tracing a figure 8. It’s said if you follow this path, you will gain spiritual power. Back here it’s not as crowded as out the front, so it’s worth taking a look and maybe even walking around them. The trees are beautiful.
Written 10 June 2019
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Novia Andriyani
Jakarta, Indonesia187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Enmusubi jinja, this shrine protected by Love God.
Hikawa jinja has some branch and I think Kawagoe area is the biggest one.
I came when golden week holiday and there are many people visit this place too.

get you love fortune (koi fish shapes) and love amulet (omamori).
I bought one, and they has special amulet for enmusubi omamori. there are 2 types; for single (deai) and for couple.
Written 10 May 2019
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maru89
Buenos Aires, Argentina2,353 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
I went there because the tourist map took me there.
Unfortunately all was in japanese.
Even the fortune in the fish.

Still beautiful
Written 17 December 2018
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Dhiraj H
Kolkata (Calcutta), India2,452 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
This is probably the most popular shrine in Kawagoe. It is located slightly outside the main Kurazukuri zone, and will be at a distance of close to 1.5 km from the Bell Tower through picturesque town area.You can also reach it by bus. If you do not see around ,you might miss the orange Tori gate which probably is the main entrance. We saw many young couples praying for their marriage. There is also a big marriage hall nearby.The place is very serene and worth spending some time. Do remember to drop coins at the coin box at the main shrine. And while there you might walk another three minutes and visit the small river which has cherry blossom trees on both sides.
Written 24 October 2018
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NoelCabacungan
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
The Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine is the most interesting point of interest in the city. The Shrine is not particularly an spectacle but the orange torii gate is. Especially during the first seven days of the New Year (the place can really get packed especially on the first three days) when people are eager to get their amulets. The people fishing their love fortune “aitai mikuji” is such an interesting site. The 10-meter long ema (Shinto prayer plaques) tunnel, the couple trees, and the purification stream are sure to get your curiosity brimming.

Not to mention the river running at the back of the Shrine is the best spot for autumn leaves and cherry blossom viewing in Kawagoe.
Written 23 October 2018
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unescotravelbug
Wooster, OH4,607 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
City of Kawagoe a.k.a Little Edo was once an important commodity resource and business trades to Edo (today's Tokyo) during the Edo period. The city avoided severe damages after the air raid bombings by WWW II western allies that mainly aimed at large area of Tokyo. Today the older part of the Kawagoe merchant’s storage houses, important shrines and temples have been carefully preserved while city continues to expand and add modern structures, public infrastructure to the city’s old glory.

Kawagoe is not far from center of Tokyo; Metro, JR and private rails will connect you to the Kawagoe’s Hon-Kawagoe Station. It’s an ideal place for the history lovers who want to spend a day exploring how Edo period’s city was like. The best way to reach there is taking private rail Seibu Shinjuku line from Seibu Shinjuku Station; the rail line ends in Hon-Kawagoe Station where Tobu's Co-edo loop bus stop no. 2 is located outside of the station serving the routes to the Old Town of Kawagoe. You will find Tourist Information Office nearby the west exit closed to the bus stops. If you plan to spend a day, you can buy a loop bus pass from the Tourist Office that allow you unlimited rides within the mapped area of major attractions. Some of the loop buses which operated by Tobu Coedo Bus were purposely manufactured in retro body and decorated with the nostalgic feels of interior/exteriors. Tobu Co-edo Loop bus routes cover several attractions besides Kurazukuri district. A few worthy of mention are Honmaru Goten, Kitain Temple and Hikawa Shrine.

Hikawas Shrine, located a bit far away from the main Kurazukuri district, attracts young generation of visitors. It’s famous for granting positive relationship of love searching, match-making and marriage blessing between men and women by the supreme power of Shrine's deities . The side entrance of this shrine is decorated with hundreds of glass wind chimes called furins that chime along with the air flows of gentle breeze. Inside of the temple courtyard there are two wooden framed garden patio structure with many more glass wind chimes hung below the beans and constantly chiming along with the gentle breeze. This temple is rated as the no. 1 attraction in Kawagoe so expect to see a large crowd of visitors during the peak and festival season. Nonetheless, it is an unique shrine of special characters that worthy of your time.
Written 26 August 2018
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