The Castle at Kita-in?

How Edo’s Stronghold Ended Up in Kawagoe

Donny Kimball
9 min readJul 5, 2017

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Part of Kawagoe’s Kita-in temple complex in Saitama that was made from parts of Edo Castle

How in the nine hells did a piece of what was once a massive fortress in central Tokyo make its way to neighboring Saitama Prefecture? Let’s unravel this mystery by starting with a brief historical overview. Today we will be journeying back up to Saitama Prefecture to visit one of my favorite hidden gems in Kawagoe, the Kita-in Temple complex.

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Donny Kimball

I'm a travel writer and freelance digital marketer who blogs about the sides of Japan that you can't find in the mainstream media. https://donnykimball.com/