Kawasaki Daishi is the grand head temple of the Chisan sect in the Shingon Buddhism. As one of the three major temples in the kanto area, it is known for an annulling of all calamities and prayer for the safety and well being (Yakuyoke).
Kuzu-mochi (arrowroot cake) and Tontoko-ame (candy) sold by vendors at the front gate are also popular.
About 200-meter lane running from the main gate or Daisan-mon to Kawasaki Daishi temple is known as the Nakamise-dori. It is lined with scores of stalls and shops selling Kuzu-mochi (arrowroot cake),Tontoko-ame (candy), Daruma dolls, and souvenirs. Nakamise-dori is always bustling.
The wind-chime market opens in every July. Here you will find wind-chimes from all over Japan competing for sounds. The attractions also include a Japanese dance procession.
Tokaido Kawasaki Shuku Koryukan
Kawasaki Post was established in 1623 as a post station for the Fifty-three Stages of the Tokaido. At this exhibition one can experience the history and townscape of Kawasaki, by viewing images and movies as well as miniatures. As the resting spot for those enjoying a walk through the town, the meeting rooms are used as a gathering place for the local area and Kawasaki citizens.
Roofed Pleasure Boat “Yakatabune”
Roofed pleasure boats depart from the Port of Kawasaki and take you in a cruise of Kawasaki’s port area, Tamagawa River and the coastal area of Tokyo Bay. On board these pleasure boats, you may enjoy banquets, host a cherry blossom viewing party, be part of the summer night festival, or just take pleasure of the view of Kawasaki from the sea.
044-266-3128 (Chohachi Marine Transportation)
Each end of the Cement Street bears a Korea Town Gate. There are roughly 80 Korean barbecue restaurants and Korean food markets in this neighborhood.
MUZA Kawasaki Symphony Hall is a symbol of “Kawasaki-City of Music”. Located only 3-minute walk from the Kawasaki station on JR line, it features top classical music. Casual lunch time concert programs are offered in here as well. There are many elegant restaurants in the symphony hall.
The museum`s local collections and various works of art representing the art culture focusing on Edo period antiquities and wood block prints “ukiyoe” collected by the tourism magnate Mr. Fumio Saito. Items in exhibition are rotated every month.
This garden was built in commemorating the fifth anniversary of the friendship agreement between the cities of Kawasaki and Shenyang. Shinshu-en, one of the largest traditional Chinese gardens in Japan, modeled on architecture style during the Ming and Qing dynasties periods.
The shrine was built in the hope of regulating the Tama River, worships Emperor Nintoku as the guardian deity of land reclamation. Kanayama shrine, located within the compound, holds the Kanamara Festival in April every year, and attracts many visitors from both within the country and abroad. A Mikoshi shaped like a phallus, which normally is housed inside Kanayama shrine, is paraded during the festival.
The shrine is famous for Sanno Festival that is held annually from August 1st to 3rd. The greatest attraction is the parading the Peacock Mikoshi (portable shrine) and the Tama Mikoshi through the streets. The performance of martial arts and Kagura music and dancing in the precincts of the shrine are dedicated to the gods. The shrine has also a stone monument engraved with a haiku by Basho.
Kawasaki Marien is a place designed for citizens to become more acquainted the city’s harbor area as well as for the port and harbor management authority to watch over the bay area. You can visit the sky lounge on the 10th floor of the building or enjoy barbecuing or cycling outside. “entrance” to convey the image of an ocean gateway to the rest of the world.
Kawasaki Racecourse (Kawasaki Keiba)
Kawasaki Racecourse that was opened in 1950 is one of four horseracing tracks in southern Kanto area. It entertains horse-racing fans with night races and one of the world’s largest screen displays.
Kawasaki Keirin Velodrome
Night races are held from spring to fall during the year.
In addition to the exciting races, fans can also enjoy various events and fireworks. Grandstand seats are also available.