Kawagoe is known as little Edo (Edo being Tokyo’s old name) because it was a castle town closely associated with the Tokugawa shōguns. It still has some of its old buildings.
Kawagoe is as little as a 30-minute train ride from Ikebukuro (on the Tobu Tojo line) and worth a trip at any time but this weekend you can combine it with watching a traditional lion dance accompanied by musicians on floats. The dance is part of what Kawagoe’s tourist association calls its Spring Festival a sequence of cultural activities that happen from April to May.
The first performance of the day begins around 7 a.m., with two more performances throughout the day.
There is plenty to see in Kawagoe and you can read more about that in English here.Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.