You don’t need a time machine to see the days of yore as the Saitama town of Kawagoe has incredibly preserved the past.
Steeped in nostalgia, one of the main attractions of Kawagoe is Little Edo, where the streets and atmosphere still very much reflect the Edo Period (1603-1868). The town was an important commercial center which led to the development of the Kurazukuri no Machinami, a warehouse district lined with clay-walled kura (warehouses) that are distinctive with their heavy tiled roofs. These were used for storing things like miso or soy sauce, but now they house many shops and restaurants. Here, time is marked by the Toki no Kane, a bellower that chimes four times a day.