Nagamine-en, Fuda-no-tsuji Branch

Green tea confectionary and cafe in Koedo Kawagoe

By Lynda Hogan    - 2 min read

Kawagoe is famed for sweet potatoes. But did you know its also the home of Sayama Tea? This is why there are so many shops in the tourist district of Kawagoe that sell green tea flavored goodies. Nagamine-en, although only seven years old, is perhaps the most famous of them all.

Nagamine-en

The green tea specialty store sells dozens of green tea produce made from their green tea plantation of the same name. The plantation grows Sayama tea nearby in the neighboring city of Tsurugashima. Nagamine-en is a shop on the first floor with green tea café Sayama Cha Café Wahouan above on the second floor. The building is beautiful. It is done in the old Edo style with a wooden front and sliding door entrance. They sell a variety of green tea confectionary, even green tea cola! Its a great place to pick up some souvenirs for any green tea lovers.

The shop is open seven days a week from 9.30 am to 6 pm, but please do always check with the official site for any last minute changes due to weather or other mitigating factors. I find in Kawagoe in particular, shops randomly take an hour or two off here and there without advance notice!

Getting there

Nagamine-en is located at the very end of the main strip of old warehouses and shops, by the Fuda-no-Tsuji intersection.

By public transport: all the tourist buses go close to the shop and some of the public buses too. You can get bus 01, 02, 03, 04 and 09 and alight at the Fuda-no-Tsuji bus stop.

By car: there is no official car park. I have heard that they do have one car parking spot which you need to organize to in advance to use, but I have no experience with that. I use a nearby Rakuda Coin Parking Plaza that is only a two minute walk from the shop.

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Lynda Hogan

Lynda Hogan @lynda.hogan

Lynda has been in Japan for 20 years and blogging about Saitama on her personal blog insaitama.com for 14 of them.  Despite its central location, just North of Tokyo, Saitama is still quite unknown to the international tourist, but frequented by domestic travelers. It is a great place to experience some off-the-international-tourist-trail locations and meet with locals and national tourists. I hope to introduce a taste of what there is to do and see in my articles on Japan Travel and help you with your Saitama travel planning.  Be sure to stop by my website where you will find 600 things to do in Saitama and 400 active events! 

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Elizabeth S 23 hours ago
Is Sayama tea distinct from other tea varieties grown in Japan?
Lynda Hogan Author 13 hours ago
I believe so, or so they say! They say that it has one of the highest (if not thee highest) amount of antioxidants of all tea grown in Japan! Meant to be sweeter with thicker leaves too due to the growing conditions in Saitama.
Elena Lisina 2 weeks ago
I took photo of this building, too. In Kawagoe I tried tayaki in the shape of kame.
Lynda Hogan Author 13 hours ago
That is a very popular snack. They're really cute aren't they :)
Kim B 2 weeks ago
The building really is stunning! Love the photo you captured of it, the cyclist cruising by at just the right moment added to the charm!
Lynda Hogan Author 13 hours ago
Lucky shot :)