Candy Alley (Kawagoe)

Candy Alley is a small street located just next to the Warehouse District in Kawagoe.  I had no big expectations of this area but I was still let down.  It could be due to the fact that I was there on a weekday, but I think it is generally disappointing and I felt like I wasted a bit of my time.  I don’t regret going as I still enjoy checking out everything in every town that I visit but I couldn’t really see the appeal of this small street.

Candy Alley

Candy Alley

When they say Candy Alley, they really mean “alley”.  While the street itself is wide enough to enjoy a leisurely stroll, the street was really short.  There were no real markings to say that you entered Candy Alley and I would have skipped it if I didn’t know what I was looking for.  It looked like any other area of the Warehouse District, albeit a bit older.

Candy Alley

Candy Alley

I entered Candy Alley from the main street that borders the north side of the Warehouse District.  I chose a bad time to visit as they were doing a little construction work at the same time.  I think they have tables set up in the area for people to sell their wares.  The floor was a little cute with coloured glass cubes installed to look like you are walking on candy.  It would have been better if the entire road was that way rather than a block here and there.

Candy Alley

Candy Alley

Once you walk to the centre of Candy Alley I had the feeling of, “that’s it”?  There is a corner in the alley and you can see both ends at this point.  The only thing that made me relax was the fact that it was a weekday and it wasn’t terribly busy.  I can imagine that on a weekend, it would be really hard to walk around the area.  I did see a lot of tourists and if you are looking for souvenirs, this is a good place to visit.  There are a lot of cheap sweets and some of the typical Kawagoe sweet potato snacks.

Next to Candy Alley was this Geko and large 5 Yen "coin".

Next to Candy Alley was this Geko and large 5 Yen “coin”.

Honestly, I didn’t care much for Candy Alley but if you like sweets or you are looking for something to buy as a gift, Candy Alley is pretty good for this.  I was not really in the mood to do any shopping as it was just a day trip and I wanted to enjoy seeing things that were new and unique.  The only saving grace was seeing the happy tourists get excited about trying all of the nice Japanese sweets.

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