Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine Travel Guide

Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
Grab yourself the lucky blessings you need to get hitched (or stay so) at this shrine dedicated to godly marriage and family.

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In the historical Little Edo district of Kawagoe, Chef Yoshinori Togawa invites diners into a private dining experience over a traditional Japanese irori grill. Enjoy a multisensory experience with fine ingredients like Tokorozawa beef and abalone.
Lunch: ¥15,000-20,000
Dinner: ¥15,000-20,000

Wagyu Yakiniku Mikoto

With every seat in a private room, Kawagoe yakiniku specialist Mikoto is the ideal place to celebrate special occasions. Local wagyu beef is selected down to the finest detail, from marbling to thickness to the way the knife enters each slice.
Lunch: ¥5,000-25,000
Dinner: ¥5,000-25,000

Chinese Noodle Yotsuba

Think outside of the box with the out-of-this-world ramen combos at a Saitama ramen laboratory.
Lunch: ¥1,000-1,999
Dinner: ¥1,000-1,999

Everyone’s looking for love — well, pretty much everyone who comes to Kawagoe Hiwaka Shrine, at least. That’s because the gods who have set up shop here hold the power over love and marriage, so you better stay on their good side!

The shrine was built over 1500 years ago, and houses five deities in total. Among the five, there are two married couples (meaning the last is just a divine fifth wheel tagging along on their double date). That’s why the temple is traditionally associated with solid matchmaking which stands the test of time.

If you want to appease these Japanese cupids, taking a trip to visit them in northwest Saitama is a good start. At the shrine, you’ll see people hanging wooden ema prayer boards on wooden frames so their romantic wishes will come true; fish-shaped fortune slips which outline what the gods of love have in store for you; and a river where it’s said you can purify your soul.

And if none of that works in the end, there’s always Tinder.

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