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Candy Alley (Kashiya Yokocho) is the must-see in Kawagoe area. Once you filled up with their famous Yaki-imo (sweet potate), wander down to this little shopping street.
You will find the stores selling traditional Japanese snacks such as various candies. Rice crackers, karinto (sugar coated, deep fried cookies), ice cream, and cakes made of red bean paste at inexpensive prices. Those stores also carry small toys like spinning tops, menko (Japanese playing cards), handicraft sets, marbles and accessories which kids love.
At the time of the Great Earthquake of 1923, Tokyo experienced a great shortage in supply of Japanese sweets and ordered the candy stores in Kashiya Yokocho to make. There were once more than 70 stores there, but now only about 20 stores remain and keep this nostalgic atmosphere alive.
The nostalgic aroma in the street was one of the Kaori Fukei (scent and scenery) Top 100 in 2001. Snacks made by traditional methods keep attracting both children and grownups in Japan and international tourists.
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Wagashi generally refers to traditional Japanese confections