Here is a nice one-day trip out of Tokyo, only 1hour train from the city, taking the Tobu Line from Ikebukuro (35mn from there)

Kawagoe is a town with wooden houses, well known for the peace and the candy street. Many of the sites are actually reconstructions, I would not place it on top of my list if you are visiting Japan but for those who live here, it is a nice day out with little foreigners

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However, one thing intrigued me as many of the houses had displayed painted pumpkins with sad faces, does anyone know what the history is behind this?


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