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Kawagoe Festival

takoyaki Sep 12, 2012 10:13 AM

We're interested in checking out the Kawagoe Festival when we're in Japan next month. Has anyone been? Are the food stalls worth making a trip outside of Tokyo for (as my moniker implies, I do love some tako-yaki!)? Seems like this will take at least a half day to experience, so just trying to gauge if it's worth making room for in our itinerary. Any feedback on the festival or food stalls would be welcome, thanks!

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  1. Robb S RE: takoyaki Sep 12, 2012 10:39 AM

    I haven't been to this particular festival, but generally speaking festival food stalls aren't worth going out of your way for - they tend to be fairly mediocre. Go for the festive atmosphere, or if there's something else you want to see in the area, but I certainly wouldn't make a special trip for the food.

    There are a few places in Tokyo to get takoyaki and they're probably better.

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    1. re: Robb S
      slew RE: Robb S Sep 25, 2012 02:37 PM

      I have a friend that likes takoyaki, and he wants to hit this place on Odaiba in November... :)


      1. re: slew
        Markintokyo RE: slew Sep 26, 2012 07:12 AM

        20 minute walk from the station to the festival, interesting but not culinarily inspiring. Go for the culture but not the food. Not far enough away from Tokyo to be unique or regionally quirky.

        1. re: Markintokyo
          takoyaki RE: Markintokyo Sep 28, 2012 02:42 PM

          Thanks all for your feedback, I think we'll give the festival a miss and try to find some takoyaki and other snack foods around Tokyo instead.

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