Only a couple of hours drive from any of the U.S. military installations in Kanto Plain, Kawagoe aka “Little Edo” is an attractive city lined with traditional clay-walled warehouses, a three-tiered bell tower, a majestic castle and numerous Shinto shrines.
A short 20-minute walk from the Railway Museum, Hikawa Shrine is known as one of the most prestigious Shinto shrines in the Kanto Plain. The town of Omiya (literally, large shrine) is named after this great shrine.
Chances are, before Japan, you may not have heard of The Moomins. A Finnish children’s book series-turned-TV-cartoon, Moomin is based on the adventures of a family which resembles animated hippopotamuses and is wildly popular here.