Kashiya Yokochō

Candy alley dating back to the Edo Period

By Sherilyn Siy    - 2 min read

The bus we took from Kawagoe Station dropped us off at the 蔵造りの町並み, Kurazukuri no Machinami (Warehouse District) and the driver informed us that 菓子屋横丁, Kashiya Yokochō (Candy Alley) was a five minute walk away. We didn't have a map of the area, but we saw a number of people carrying oversized fugashi (light flaky baked strips of dough coated in brown sugar) as long as baseball bats, all coming from the same direction. Other people bore bags filled with assorted small treats. We knew exactly where to go.

Turning into Kashiya Yokochō, we entered an alley frozen in time. Dating back to the Kansei Era (mid-Edo Period), the number of stores surged after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 when Japanese sweets were in short supply in Tokyo which was devastated by the disaster. Kashiya Yokochō received orders for traditional favorites such as chitose ame (long stick candy given to children for shichi-go-san, 7-5-3), kintaro-ame (small round candy with Kintaro's face on it), mizu yokan (chilled red bean jelly), senbei (rice crackers), and karintou (addicting fried dough sticks dusted with sugar). The Showa Period saw probably the peak of sweets retailers, with over 70 such stores.

Today, about 20 shops remain, still delighting children and the young at heart. Aside from traditional sweets, you can find ice cream, cakes, and more commercial candy, as well as small toys and souvenirs. My kids enjoyed roaming in search of their favorites and because the price was not prohibitive, something new to try.

As if the sweet delights were not enough of a draw, Kashiya Yokochō is a photogenic stone-paved street full of nostalgia. It also also made it to the Ministry of Environment's '100 Scent Sceneries' of Japan.

Getting there

Kashiya Yokochō is a 30 minute walk from Kawagoe Station and a 20 minute walk from Hon-Kawagoe Station. There are buses from both stations that stop at the Warehouse District. Kashiya Yokochō is a five minute walk from the bus stop.

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Sherilyn Siy

Sherilyn Siy @sherilyn.siy

For Sherilyn Siy, Asia is home. Born in Hong Kong, Sherilyn spent time in the Philippines, China, and now lives in Japan. She speaks English, Filipino, Chinese (or putonghua), and Hokkien, her family's local dialect. Running is one of her favorite ways to explore Japan. She proudly finished the 2015 Tokyo Marathon -- her first ever full marathon -- in 4 hours and 37 minutes. She was absolutely psyched when she got selected again to run the new Tokyo Marathon route in 2018. She hopes to complete other races in Japan. 

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Sleiman Azizi 9 months ago
Oh god the kids would love this place...
Sherilyn Siy Author 9 months ago
Oh small parenting tip though... my kids and I agreed before going how much we were going to spend, max. :)
Elena Lisina 9 months ago
It has nice atmosphere! If only I liked candy! )))
Elena Lisina 9 months ago
Oh, yes, I bet! :D