Tori no Ichi is held at Temple of Tori (Juzaisan Chokoku-ji) in Asakusa, Tokyo or various shrines of Washi (Eagle) and many people come to there to pray for a health, good fortune and good business.
In the Edo period, Tori no Ichi was the fist fair for welcoming New Year. A poet, KIKAKU who was a pupil of the most famous Japanese poet Mastuo Basho, said for Tori no Ichi "Haruwomatsu Kotonohajimeya Tori no Ichi" (Tori no Ichi is a first important event to bring New Year.).
▼2014 TORI NO ICHI
22th SUN/NOVEMBER 0:00〜24:00
How do you rent a bike at "Pillar Café"? It is rent-free, and what is still better this restaurant is in Shibuya. I had some questions, and I've come here with Tamaki.
"Pillar Café" surprised us many times in fact! At first, it is in a quiet area of Shibuya. And "Pillar Café" is a very nice casual restaurant with comfortable sofas, where various dishes and drinks are reasonable!
The rent-free bike of "Pillar Café" is ...... if you want to rent a bike for 5hrs, you order a dish and a drink that amounts to more than 2000JPY. This can only be found here! For more than 5hrs, the total needs to be over 3000JPY. Of course it refers to the total before and after renting a bike per person. Deposit is 2000JPY.
The types of rent-free bikes are Osso, Chill bikes, and Favor bikes.
Usage of shower with shampoo & body soap, and hair dryer are free of service! (Rent a bath towel & beach sandals: 800JPY)
No matter if you are alone, or are with your friend and family, you will have good time here! Because there is a nice counter on the first floor and very comfortable sofas on the stairwell the first basement. If you want to have a party after cycling, reservation of a private room is available.
And if the weather is fine, you can sit on seats at the front of "Pillar Café" like us. Now I am enjoying iced espresso coffee drink "Chocolate mint mocha" tastes very good and not too sweet. Tamaki enjoyed her 2nd drink.
Anyway, why is "Pillar Café" very nice and comfortable?
I've got the answer from the shop Manager Ikkei Eguchi. He really loves bicycles, and he'd love to link each customer by "Pillar Café" like the pillar of bicycle. Ikkei creates almost all of "Pillar Café" which includes the interior, various dishes & drinks, and the happy events here.
Well, at last I got to know what the rent-free bike at "Pillar Cafe" is like. And I've got to love "Pillar Cafe"! Why don't you rent a bike and have good time at "Pillar Café"? Friendly Ikkei is waiting for you!!
（Ikkei is in the BBQ picture at the upper right. He has sliced meat!)
★Available for guests taller than 150cm, 160cm, or 170cm for each bikes
1. Need ID
2. Never ride a bicycle under the influence of alcohol
3. Fill in the application form
4. Sign a written pledge for renting
5. Take instructions for ride, and other precautions
6. Order food & drink at "Pillar Café" which will correspond to your free rent a bike hours.
★Reservation available: call the shop manager during store hours
★Mr. Takehora runs a bike maintenance service at the bike shop "Go Go Wheelers" on Sat.
Need reservation for Pillar Cafe.
Kawagoe town is called "Ko-Edo" which means little Edo. This is because it was a very important area in the Edo period, especially for politics and the military. You can feel the atmosphere of the Edo period even now. There are many sightseeing places in Kawagoe, we have introduced a few of them to you!!
Kura is a Japanese storehouse, which has been fire-resistance building. People keep household tools there. Many Kura in this area are used as various shops, for example Sake, Japanese ceramics, Japanese traditional sweets, frame shop, and more. You can enjoy shopping while you are feeling the atmosphere of the town 100 years ago!
We can have a very good time, because of the old and beautiful Kura houses! We are almost like time travelers!
The original tower was built in the early Edo period. The bell has rung to announce the time for about 390 years! Now it is fourth bell, which was built immediately after the Great Fire Kawagoe in 1893. We have passed under it, and found a nice small Shinto shrine. We have loved this area around the tower. We are sorry that we couldn't hear the bell is ringing. However, the bell rings four times a day now, at 6:00, 12:00, 15:00, and at 18:00.
Japanese cheap candy shop "Dagashi-Ya" is loved by children. Of course we often went to the shop in our town when we were children. In this lane "Kashiya-Yokocho", there were about 70 cheap candy shops in the early Showa period around 1950. Now about 20 shops are there, but you can feel the atmosphere of Japanese downtown "Shita-mach" of the Showa period. Enjoy various kinds' cheap candy and toys for Japanese children!
Kawagoe Castle was built in the Muromachi period in 1457, and Honmaru-Goten was built in the Edo period 1848. Now you can visit the entrance, hall, and many small rooms, which were moved here and re-built. We are interesting in the various kinds of small rooms. Anyway while we are walking in Honmaru-Goten, we feel as if visiting in the Edo period. Or we are in the Samurai movie!
There are many sightseeing places and beautiful natures in Saitama Pref.
For example, do you know "Bonsai" village in Saitama City? Yes, "Bonsai" is the miniature potted-tree, which is one of Japanese traditional crafts. "Bonsai" village is the most famous place of "Bonsai"-world worldwide.
If you would like to enjoy Saitama more, why don't you use rent a bike as many roads for bicycles have been constructed in Saitama Pref ?
Rent a bike shop in Saitama "B-Ike" is very useful for you, because of the transportation service by shuttle in Saitama Pref. And making the best day tour plan for you! "B-Ike" has known about the roads for bicycles in Saitama very well.
Moreover you can take a shower at B-Ike after cycling!
B-Ike Service and Fee /Available for guests taller than 147cm or 58"
★ Electric assisted bicycle rental, all day
★ Free transportation by shuttle in Saitama Pref
★ May ask to incur expenses for highway toll, car parking, and gas charge to drive outside of Saitama Pref.
★ Voluntary guide service in English language available
★ Usage of B-Ike's guest lounge, locker, shower, and wireless LAN
★ Accidental insurance (covering guest only)
★ Fee: 5500JPY per guest with tax and above services／Need reservation
★ See model courses & more information: www.b-ike.com
Location: 2-1768-3 Yamazaki Bldg.1F, Nisshin,
Kita-ku, Saitama (4 min.walk from JR Saikyo-line Nisshin Sta.)
Access: 36min. by train bound for Kawagoe
from JR Saikyo line Shinjuku Sta
Open: 8:00-19:00／without holiday (About irregular holiday see website)
室町時代の長禄元年(1457)築城された川越城に、本丸御殿が作られたのは江戸時代の嘉永元年(1848)。現在はその一部が移築復元されて中に入ることができます。控えの間の狭さや数、形など、実に興味深く見学しました。 直線距離にして1 kmくらいのところには平安時代創建といわれる｢喜多院｣があります。ここは徳川家ゆかりの寺として有名で、家光公誕生の間や三大東照宮の一つ、仙波東照宮など、文化財がいっぱい。川越が｢小江戸｣と呼ばれるのも納得です。
★ オプショナルサービス、大宮盆栽村などのおすすめコース等、詳しくは: www.b-ike.com
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★ 所在地 〒331-0823 埼玉県さいたま市北区日進2-1768-3 山崎ビル1F