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Sightseeing spot

Western AreaKawagoe City

Kita-in Temple

Kita-in is famous for the Daruma (Red-painted good-luck doll) market held on the third of January and its 500 Rakan statues.
The temple has flourished since the year 1612 when Tenkai was appointed as the chief priest by the shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu. The majority of the temple was burnt down in the great fire of 1638, but thankfully, the reception hall and the private quarters of Lady Kasuga were being transferred from Edo castle by the third shogun, Iemitsu, and survived. As a result, these are the only remaining parts of Edo castle. The buildings and temple grounds of Kita-in is designated as an important cultural heritage.


Basic Information

Tourist spot name
Kita-in Temple
1-20-1 Kosenbamachi, Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture
049-222-0859(Kitain Temple Office)049-222-0859(Kitain Temple Office)
Home page
Event information
January 3 "Daruma City"/ Spring Festival Weeping cherry tree March equinoctial week Somei Yoshino Late March to early April/ Koedo Kawagoe Chrysanthemum Festival November 1-23

Business hours / Fee

Business hours
9:00 to 16:00 (reception ends at 15:30)
* We will respond during the above hours to prevent the spread of new coronavirus infections and protect cultural properties.
Regular holiday
December 25th to January 8th, February 2nd and 3rd, April 2nd to 5th * In addition, the visit may be canceled on days when there are in-hospital events.


Public transport
Tobu Tojo Line/JR Line, Kawagoe Stn, 20 min walk
Tobu Tojo Line, Kawagoe City Stn, 20 min walk
Seibu Shinjuku Line Hon-Kawagoe Stn, 15 min walk
About 15 minutes from Kawagoe IC on the Kan-Etsu Expressway, About 20 minutes from Kawajima IC on the Ken-O Expressway
133 units charged:General passengers up to 3 hours 500 yen (congested seasons such as Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and New Year) * Weekdays are hourly. / Large vehicle (tourist bus, etc.) 1,000 yen for up to 2 hours * Additional charge 500 yen per hour * The parking lot will be closed due to traffic restrictions on 3rd January.

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