Kawasaki City: A Blend of Traditional and Modern Culture

Kawasaki City(川崎) is located in northeastern Kanagawa Prefecture. Kawasaki is close to Haneda airport and equidistant between Yokohama(横浜) and Tokyo(東京). The area is a charming district with a history as a lodging town and famous for modern Japanese culture. 

In this article, we will introduce 5 places you must visit in Kawasaki City. 

History of Kawasaki

"Tokaido Gojyusan Tsuginouchi", Hiroshige Utagawa, 1833

In the Edo period, Kawasaki Ward was administered as tenryō(天領) territory controlled directly by the Tokugawa shogunate, but administered through various hatamoto(旗本), and prospered as Kawasaki-juku(川崎宿), a post station on the Tokaido highway(東海道) connecting Edo(江戸) with Kyoto(京都). 

1) Kawasaki Daishi Heikenji Temple (川崎大師 平間寺)

Kawasaki Daishi Temple วัดที่โด่งดังที่สุดในเมืองคาวาซากิ (Kawasaki) สร้างขึ้น​ในปี 1128 ในช่วงปลายสมัยเฮอัน อาคารปัจจุบันเป็นสถาปัตยกรรมสมัยใหม่ยุคไทปันสมัยเฮอัน ห้องโถงใหญ่ (Dai-Hondo) สร้างจากเหล็กและคอนกรีต ในปี 1958 แทนโครงสร้างเดิมที่ถูกทำลายในช่วงสงคราม และมีรูปปั้นของพระมหาเถระชั้นผู้ใหญ่ผู้ก่อตั้งพุทธศาสนานิกายชินงอน Kobo Daishi โครงสร้างของอาคารอื่นๆ ภายในวัด เช่น ประตูไดซันม่อน (Dai-Sanmon Gate) และเจดีย์แปดเหลี่ยม 5 ชั้น ถูกสร้างขึ้นในปี 1970-1800 เพื่อรำลึกถึงวันครบรอบต่างๆ #เที่ยวญี่ปุ่น​ #เที่ยวญี่ปุ่นด้วยตัวเอง​ #kawasaki #kawasakidaishi #keikyu #keikyuline #marumuradotcom #marumura #japan #panasoniclumix #panasonicgx85 #lumixphoto #lumixlounge #lumixgx85 #gx85 @lumix @lumixfriend #LumixThailand #LumixGlens

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Kawasaki Daishi (川崎大師) is the popular name of Heiken-ji (平間寺), a Buddhist temple in Kawasaki, Japan. Founded in 1128, it is the headquarters of the Chizan sect of Shingon Buddhism. Kawasaki Daishi is a popular temple for hatsumōde. In 2016, 3 million people engaged in hatsumōde here, the third largest figure in Japan. 

Kawasaki Daishi Heikenji Temple (川崎大師 平間寺)

Address: 4-48 Daisahi-cho, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa  210-8521
Access: 10 minute by foot from Kawasaki Daishi Station
Opening hours: 24hours
Entrance fee: Free

2)  Kanayama Shrine (金山神社)

The Shinto Kanamara Matsuri(Festival of the Steel Phallus) is held each spring at the Kanayama Shrine(金山神社). This festival is centered on a local penis-venerating shrine. It is said the shrine offers divine protections for business prosperity, and for the clan's prosperity; and for easy delivery, marriage, and married-couple harmony.

Here is more informations about the local mikoshi parade from Wakamiya shrine to Kawasaki Daishi Heikenji temple on 5th August 2018!

Kanayama Shrine (金山神社)

Address: 2 Chome-13-16 Daishi Ekimae, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa  210-0802
Access: 5 minute by foot from Kawasaki Daishi Station
Opening hours: 24hours
Entrance fee: Free

3) Ginryu-gai Arcade (銀柳街)

Ginryu-gai(銀柳街) is an shopping arcade in front of Kawasaki Station. The purpose of building the shopping arcade was to employ the jobless people who live in Kawasaki. A commercial street where you can shop and enjoy meal at your own ease.

Ginryu-gai Arcade (銀柳街)

Address: 2 Chome-4-9 Isago, Kawasaki, Kanagawa  210-0006
Access: 5 minute by foot from JR Kawasaki Station
Opening hours: Depending on shops

4) LA CITTADELLA (ラ・チッタデッラ)

LA CITTADELLA is a small area close to Kawasaki Station where you can get a taste of Italy. La Cittadella contains a range of shops and restaurants as well as a multiplex cinema, wedding chapel and 1,300-capacity concert venue, Club Citta. Why don't you spend a relaxing time at the "LA CITTADELLA"?

LA CITTADELLA (ラ・チッタデッラ)

Address: 4-1 Ogawachō, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa  210-0023
Access: 5 minute by foot from JR Kawasaki Station
Opening hours: Depending on shops

5) Anata no Warehouse (ウェアハウス)

The Kawasaki Warehouse is a gaming center complete with a recreation of the famous Kowloon Walled City. Opened in 2009, the amusement park arcade that stretches across the building’s lower 3 floors features a wide range of attractions from old-fashioned arcade games and darts, billiards and table tennis.

Anata no Warehouse (ウェアハウス)

Address: 3-7 Nisshinchō, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa  210-0024
Access: 10 minute by foot from JR Kawasaki Station
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9AM-11:45PM / Holiday 7AM-11:45PM

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