About 30 minutes north of central Tokyo, in Saitama prefecture lies a small city called Kawagoe. The locals call it Little Edo, after the old name for Tokyo, because of its many Edo-era buildings. This is the setting for our Restaurant Elopement Plan, also in an Edo-era building, with a beautiful rustic garden. However, before we get into the Kawagoe Elopement Plan, lets talk about the city.
Kawagoe is famous for its sweet potatoes! Indeed, along the local “Candy Street” you will find many shops selling all kinds of variants: sweet potato chips; sweet potato ice cream; sweet potato coffee, and would you believe it, even sweet potato beer!!?
One of the most famous sights here is the Bell of Time (時の鐘 – Toki no kane), seen above. It was originally built between 1624 and 1644, on the orders of Sakai Takadatsu, a local samurai and Daimyo. Unfortunately however, it was destroyed in a fire, so the current building has stood since 1894. Despite this, it has been telling the time almost non-stop for 350 years, and for many, is the symbol of the city.
After the fire mentioned above, that destroyed one-third of old Kawagoe, the city started seeing the construction of many old-style warehouses (蔵造り – Karazukuri). These warehouses line the main shopping thoroughfare, Karazuki Street (Karazuki no Machi 蔵造りの町並み). The Kawagoe Karazukuri Museum is one such building, that has stood since 1893. In it, visitors can walk around and experience almost first hand the life of an Edo merchant.
On the same street, you will also find a sword and knife manufacturer that have been in operation in the area for generations. The latter of which is famous for making knives so sharp, that they can cut a tissue that is simply dropped over the blade!
The Restaurant – Ryotei Yamaya
Ryotei Yamaya has its origins as a catering business, which stood next to the house of a wealthy merchant. In the late 1860’s the first Yamaya owner, Mr. Hambei bought one of the merchant’s luxurious guest houses, which he then converted into the current Yamaya Restaurant.
The Hambei family still own the restaurant, which has been in business for nearly 150 years. During this time it has built up an unmatched reputation for top customer service, quality dining and of course the scenic beauty of the inner garden. Open all year round, the restaurant provides seasonal dishes to complement the natural beauty of the garden.
Kawagoe Elopement Plan
Please note: while this details our elopement plan, it can easily be modified for vow renewal – please contact us for more information.
This plan is perfect for those who want complete intimacy. Romance works when you are undisturbed, and the beauty of this restaurant is that they can provide a personal, intimate dining service.
Whether you are eloping or renewing your vows, you will have your ceremony in the garden, followed by dinner. If it rains the ceremony can easily be moved to your private dining space, where afterwards you will be able to enjoy dinner service in comfort and privacy.
And what’s more, you will be undisturbed by other guests at the restaurant.
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