kawagoe is also known as "little Edo (koedo)" where many old classic style of Japanese building are still standing and practically used for stores and restaurants.
Some of the buildings were more than 200 years old. Those buildings are actually traditional storage. Because they have high standard of fire protection, after the big fire at 1893, people built Kura (traditional storage) as their houses and stores.
On the Kurazukuri strip, there are many restaurants, gift shops, food shops, and other stores are opens. About 5 million visitors visit at Kurazukuri. So definitively, one of the major travel spot nearby Tokyo.
One of the major symbol is Tokinokane (the time chime). First Tokinokane was built at 17th century. Current one was built at 1893 after the big fire.
In October, there is famous Kawagoe Festival with huge Float which appointed as one of Japanese National Treasure of Tradition and Culture.