Kawagoe (川越・かわごえ)

Kawagoe is a city in Saitama Prefecture which has many historical architectures. It’s about one hour from central Tokyo by car/train. Kawagoe is called Koedo(小江戸)which means towns that retain their character from during the Edo period.

Tokinokane(時の鐘・ときのかね) is a landmark in Kawagoe which is kind a bell tower with a height of  16 m and wooden construction. They ring the bell at certain times in the day. There is a very little tiny shrine in there as well.

Yokohama Chinatown (横浜中華街・よこはまちゅうかがい)

Yokohama Chinatown is Japan’s largest Chinatown where you can have Chinese foods and experience Chinese culture.

There is a Chinese shrine called Yokohama Kanteibyo (Guan Di Miao Temple) in Chinatown. Yokohama Port was opened in 1859, many Chinese people came to Yokohama as a merchant and a craftsman. A person brought a wooden statue to open a small shrine, it is the origin of Kanteibyo in Yokohama.

Meiji Jingu (明治神宮・めいじじんぐう)

Meiji Jingu is located in central Tokyo which was opened in 1920 in honor of Emperor and Empress Meiji, who were instrumental in opening Japan to outside world a hundred years ago.

It is a really popular shrine, the number of visitors at the New year’s day is the 1st place every year.