Kawagoe Hikawa Furin
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine has long been known for its powers in matchmaking and is a popular date spot for couples from all over the Kanto region. To further strengthen that image, the shrine holds an annual event called Enmusubi Furin. It ties together the idea of enmusubi (love knot, or marriage) and furin (Japanese bell-shaped wind chimes) to make the ideal summer event for those looking for love, or who hope to strengthen the ties they already have. Even if you’re not interested in romance, it’s a fantastic photo opportunity.
The main draw is the wind bell corridor, a wooden framed tunnel featuring over 2,000 handmade and hand-painted Edo wind bells. Walk through the tunnel — ideally in yukata, which can be rented in town — and enjoy the gentle tingle of glass furin as a breeze blows through.
If you stop by in the evening between 7pm and 9pm, you’ll discover a magical illumination of the Milky Way flowing on the ground, inspired by a tale known as The Legend of the Sparkling River, which is more than 1,500 years old.
The shrine will be selling a limited edition omamori charm, only available during the summer. At nearby Musubi Cafe, you can enjoy desserts served in beautiful wind bell-shaped glass bowls.