Affordable sightseeing in Kawagoe with the Koedo Junkai bus!Master riding, pricing and routes.

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Affordable sightseeing in Kawagoe with the Koedo Junkai bus!Master riding, pricing and routes.

In TV shows that feature Kawagoe from time to time, most of the presenters walk around on foot.

However, if you actually walk around the area, there is quite a distance between the tourist attractions. Some people don’t get to their destinations, and some even get lost....

For this I recommend the “Koedo Junkai bus" which can take you to each of Kawagoe's sightseeing spots! If you buy a day pass, you can get free bus rides all day for only 500 yen, you also get discount features at partner shops in the city.

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About the "Koedo Junkai bus that takes you to the sights of Kawagoe

As its name suggests, the "Koedo Junkai (Tour) bus" (Eagle Bus Co., Ltd.) is a bus service that allows you to explore the sights of the Kawagoe area.

No matter which bus stop you get off at, popular tourist attractions can be reached in less than a minute’s walk!
If you want to enjoy your visit to the Kawagoe area efficiently, there is no reason why you shouldn’t use this bus service.

The tourism announcements that you will hear on the bus provide impressive information that make even the local residents say “Oh I didn’t know that”.
Because the content differs depending on the driver and the time you ride the bus, you won’t get tired of them no matter how many times you hear them.

The Koedo Junkai bus design can be roughly divided into two types

There are two types.

  • The retro designed bonnet bus (body color: red, green, blue)
  • The small silver box-shaped bus

The Koedo Junkai bus route map and route

Affordable sightseeing in Kawagoe with the Koedo Junkai bus!Master riding, pricing and routes.

The Koedo Junkai bus leaves from bus terminal 2 of the west exit of Kawagoe station and goes around to famous sights such as the Kita-in temple, Kura no Machi, and Kashiya Yokocho.

The two routes are provided below.

  • Kita-in temple sakimawari course (purple, clockwise)

    + Stop names and the Junkai route (click or tap to open)

    "○" marks stops with wheelchair access. For stops marked with a "·", the narrow width of the road makes wheelchair access dangerous, refraining from using a wheel chair at these stops is safest.

    ○Kawagoe Station West Exit
    ○Honkawagoe Station
    ○Koedo Kurasato
    ・Naka-in temple
    ○Kita-in temple
    ・Kawagoe City General Welfare Center Oasis
    ○Fujimi yagura ato
    ・Kawagoe kokou mae
    ○Hakubutsu-kan Bijyutsu-kan mae
    ○Agresh Kawagoe
    ○Hakubutsu-kan Bijyutsu-kan mae
    ○Hikawa-jinja shrine mae
    ○Otemon Gate
    ○Kura no Machi
    ○Kashiya Yokocho
    ○Kawagoe City Station
    ○Honkawagoe Station
    ○Kawagoe Station West Exit

  • Kura no Machi Sakimawari course (orange, counterclockwise)

    + Stop names and the Junkai route (click or tap to open)

    "○" marks stops with wheelchair access. For stops marked with a "·", the narrow width of the road makes wheelchair access dangerous, refraining from using a wheel chair at these stops is safest.

    ○Kawagoe Station West Exit
    ○Honkawagoe Station
    ○Kura no Machi
    ○City hall
    ○Hakubutsu-kan Bijyutsu-kan mae
    ○Agresh Kawagoe
    ○Hakubutsu-kan Bijyutsu-kan mae
    ・Kawagoe kokou mae
    ○Kita-in temple
    ○Koedo Kurasato
    ○Honkawagoe Station
    ○Kawagoe Station West Exit

The respective routes and loop directions are different.
Even if you get on the bus in wrong direction, you won’t end up too far from your destination, but please be careful as there is the possibility that your plans won’t go as you had desired.

Click or tap the bus stop mark to display detailed information.

The Koedo Junkai bus charges and fares

A single ride is 200 yen for adults (12 years and over).
However, the price is only 100 yen to go from Kawagoe Station and Honkawagoe Station.

Fares for children under 12 years of age

  • Kids (6 to 11 years old): half of an adult fare (100 yen or 50 yen)
  • Children (1 to 5 years old): For children accompanied by adults, up to 2 children per adult can ride free of charge. Unaccompanied children pay the kids fair
  • Infants (under 1 year old): Free of charge

You can only pay with cash.
Please note that IC cards such as Suica and PASMO cannot be used.

For those who feel "preparing small change is a bother" and those planning to ride the bus more than three times, purchasing a "day pass" for adults for 500 yen is recommended.

Discounts and other services are also available at partner shops, so actively using them is encouraged.

• Koedo Junkai Bus Timetable

On days when large events are held in Kawagoe city, the bus routes and times change drastically.

Advanced notices are constantly posted on the official Twitter account so check them out before going out.

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Not knowing about it would be such a waste! The Koedo Junkai bus day pass is a great deal

Affordable sightseeing in Kawagoe with the Koedo Junkai bus!Master riding, pricing and routes.

With the Koedo Junkai bus day pass you can ride the bus all day.
The price is 500 yen for adults and 250 yen for kids.

Day pass discount day

Under the following conditions, when you buy a day pass for the bus, it will be discounted from the standard price of 500 yen to 350 yen!

  • Kawagoe Kimono day discount (8th, 18th, 28th of every month)
    Available to those who board the Koedo Junkai bus wearing a Kimono (Jinbei and work related clothes not included) on the above dates.
  • The Kawagoe Hikawa-jinja Ryoen-kigan-sai discount (8th, and the 4th Saturday of every month)
    Applicable only to people who board the Ryoen-kigan Masturi-rinji bus.
    Please note that this route is different from the regular route! (Route: Kawagoe Station West Exit → Honkawagoe Station → <Direct Line> → Hikawa-jinja shrine mae / Return Route: Hikawa-jinja shrine mae → Kita-in temple / Honkawagoe Station → Kawagoe Station West Exit)
    >> Display timetable (bottom right of page 2).

Receive bonuses & discount services at partner shops!

Affordable sightseeing in Kawagoe with the Koedo Junkai bus!Master riding, pricing and routes.

At shops with the "CO-EDO partner shop" mark you can get various benefits by presenting your day pass.

For example, at the "Hibiki-Annex Honkawagoe Ekimae shop", the regular price for a serving of shabu-shabu of 1,600 yen will be discounted to 1,200 yen, and the "Kawagoe Prince Hotel" offers a 5% discount on food and beverages at their hotel restaurant! (As of November 2018)

As the shops that are often introduced on television and in magazines are partner shops, getting a day pass is highly recommended!

A list of partner shops and services is listedhere (Eagle bus official website).

How to purchase a day pass

Affordable sightseeing in Kawagoe with the Koedo Junkai bus!Master riding, pricing and routes.

View from the window of the bus

You can buy a day pass at the following locations.

  • Kawagoe Station Tourist Information Center: GoogleMap
  • NEWDAYS Kawagoe:GoogleMap
  • Eagle Travel Co., Ltd.:GoogleMap
  • On the Koedo Junkai bus

If you want to purchase a pass on the bus, you can purchase it when you get off the bus.
Prepare a 500 yen coin in advance so you don’t need to panic.

Purchasing a coupon ticket

Coupon tickets can be purchased at Eagle Travel Co., Ltd. and on the Koedo Junkai bus (11 tickets for 200 yen are also available for purchase at the Eagle Travel store).

However, please call in advance if you want to make a purchase at the Eagle Travel Store.

How to ride the Koedo Junkai bus

How you ride the bus and the payment procedures are different depending on the area and bus company.
Confirm the details of how to ride each bus in advance to prevent panicking!

This is the Koedo Junkai bus stop sign.

At Koedo Junkai bus stops there is a sign post with a picture of the next stop.

Affordable sightseeing in Kawagoe with the Koedo Junkai bus!Master riding, pricing and routes.
The sign post is distinct and has a Japanese pattern on it.

Affordable sightseeing in Kawagoe with the Koedo Junkai bus!Master riding, pricing and routes.
Only the design of the sign at the Kawagoe Station west exit, the starting stop, is different.

The entrance and exit of the Koedo Junkai buses vary depending on the shape of the bus!

The bus entrance is the most obscure and confusing thing.
For Koedo Junkai buses, the entrance / exit varies depending on the shape of the bus and number of doors.

The bonnet type bus

Affordable sightseeing in Kawagoe with the Koedo Junkai bus!Master riding, pricing and routes.

This bus has only 1 door.
Please get on and off at the door at the front of the bus.

The small silver box-shaped type bus.

This bus has two doors.
Please board the bus at the rear door near the end of the bus and get off at the front side of the bus.

Procedures and payment methods required for riding.

The regular fare of the Koedo Junkai bus is 200 yen no matter how far you ride it (only 100 yen if you are getting off at Honkawagoe station) and there isn’t anything particular about it.
Purchasing a ticket from a ticket vending machine or using an IC card is not required.

Affordable sightseeing in Kawagoe with the Koedo Junkai bus!Master riding, pricing and routes.
When you hear the bus announcement for the stop you want to get off at, press a "stop button" near you.

Affordable sightseeing in Kawagoe with the Koedo Junkai bus!Master riding, pricing and routes.
When the bus has come to a complete stop, walk to the front of the bus and put 200 yen or 100 yen in the fare box.

For day pass holders

Making a payment when getting off the bus is not required.
Please show your ticket to the driver without cutting in line.

  • • First ride: The driver will stamp the pass with the date.
  • • Second ride - Please show the stamped date to the driver when getting off the bus.

A must for users of the Seibu Line! The "Koedo Kawagoe free coupon"

Affordable sightseeing in Kawagoe with the Koedo Junkai bus!Master riding, pricing and routes.

The "Koedo Kawagoe free coupon" is a set of round trip tickets from Seibu Line stations to Honkawagoe Station + a Koedo Junkai bus day pass. It’s a really good deal.

The discount price of the Koedo Kawagoe free coupon includes the fare from the departure station to Honkawagoe station + the 500 yen Koedo Junkai bus day pass.
Discounts are applied to round-trip tickets.

Departure station name Regular fare (IC card) Discount fare
Ikebukuro 926 yen 760 yen
Seibu Shinjuku 988 yen 800 yen
Kokubunji 740 yen 600 yen

(Fare as of November 2018)

They can be purchased from the ticket offices of every station on the Seibu Line or from ticket vending machines, but please note that the timing of ticket purchasing differs depending on where they are purchased.

  • Ticket office: 1 month before the intended day of use of the free coupon
  • Ticket vending machine: For free coupons to be used on the same day

The validity period of the free coupon is the same as the day of use.

A must see for organizers! Pack Tours & Group Bus Tours

Eagle Bus offers tour plans that allow you to visit Kawagoe's tourist attractions and delicious gourmet restaurants.

Koedo Kawagoe Mini Pack Tours (for 2 to 6 people)

A tour of the Koedo Kawagoe area for a small number of people that is only available on weekdays. The tour bus is a small, retro bonnet bus. Lunch is at popular shop in Kura no Machi.

Since you are using the "Koedo Junkai Day Pass" to get on the bus, you can board the bus as you please after the tour as well. 

>> Tour details · Apply here

Group rentals- The "Kawagoe Meguri Koedo bus" (for 10 people or more)

A group tour with a lunch set and plenty of touring time.
For groups 10 or more, the bus will pick you up from your town.

A veteran guide will guide you through the sights of the town and a lavish lunch menu is provided.

It’s an all-inclusive plan.

>> Tour details · Apply here

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