Day Trip to Kawasaki

Day Trip to Kawasaki
2019-02-22 Yohei Onishi

As one of large cities in Kanto area, Kawasaki City holds the population about 1.49 million people. During Edo Era, the city flourished as a temple town of Kawasaki Daishi and also was popular as a post station on the Tokai-do Road and the Nakahara-kaido Road.
 
The development of industrial districts out of reclaimed land along Tokyo Bay started in the late Meiji Period and many large-scale plants had been constructed since then especially after the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923.
 
As a popular tourist attraction, Kawasaki Daishi is one of the best choices which is famous for greater purification and protection against evil. A wide range of unique and attractive museums such as the Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, the Kawasaki City Fujiko-F-Fujio Museum, the Japan Open Air Folk House Museum and others are recommended to visit.
 
Higashiogijima Higashi Park is an artificial island created on Higashiogijima and is place to have relaxing time watching the Haneda Landing aircrafts and large ships anchored there.
The night view of the factory zone will be enjoyed as well.

Content

  1. 1. Spot Ranking
  2. 10th Denno koolon jou toride
  3. 9th Tokakuin
  4. 8th Keihin Fushimi Inari Jinja
  5. 7th Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum
  6. 6th Nihon Minka-en
  7. 5th Fujiko F Fujio Museum
  8. 4th Shinshuen Garden
  9. 3rd Ikuta Ryokuchi Park’s Iris Garden
  10. 2nd Higashi-ōgishima East Park
  11. 1st Kawasaki Daishi
  12. 2. Getting In

1. Spot ranking in Kawasaki area

10th. Denno koolon jou toride

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If you enjoy online games, participation type games or any other types of games, the Warehouse Kawasaki Cyber Kowloon Walled City is a good place to visit. It is an amusement complex for adults featuring the Old Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong.
 
Kowloon Walled City was a massive ungoverned residential area in Hong Kong. Because of the repeated extension without proper planning, the area turned to be a big labyrinth where ‘Once you come in, you will never get out’.
 
Recreating the atmosphere of the real Kowloon Walled City, the Warehouse Kawasaki has been gaining popularity both from Japanese game lovers and foreign tourists since its open of 2005.
 
The building is divided in 2 zones, the gaming section on the 2F to 4F and an internet café on the 5F. Being named as the ‘Cyber Kowloon City’, this amusement complex is constructed reproducing the look and feel of the real Kowloon Walled City wholly, which is definitely the highlight of the place.
 
You may feel as if you are in the ‘wonderland of the game’in this grimy but as yet mysterious ‘abandoned place’.
 
Opening Hours is Gaming Section (2F-4F), 9:45-23:45 (Weekdays) & 7:00-23:45(Weekends). Internet Café & Darts Bar(5F); 24hours (Everyday) NOTE: You must be over 18 years old.

Access

Access is A 10 minutes-walk from the east gate of Kawasaki Station.

 

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9th. Tokakuin

Being famous for beautiful azaleas densely planted in the garden between the ‘Sanmon gate(Temple gate)’and the ‘Hondo(main temple)’, Tokakuin Temple is also known as ‘Tsutsuji-tera(Azalea Temple)’. Among 2000 roots of azaleas planted within the precincts of the temple, some of them are nearly 300 years old. From the late April to the early May is the best season to visit because it is blooming season.
 
You will be greeted by extremely beautiful azalea flowers of red, orange, pink and white. Opening Hours is 6:00-17:00.Closed: No Closing days. Admission is Free.

Access

Access from Kawasaki Station: A combined use of JR Nanbu-Line and Kawasaki City Bus is convenient.
Boarding Section is JR Nanbu-Line(Bound for Tachikawa); from Kawasaki Station to Musashi-Mizonokuchi Station. Get out from the South gate and change to Kawasaki City Bus.
 
Kawasaki City Bus; from Musashi-Mizonokuchi Station to Kamiki-motomachi Bus stop. A 10-minute walk from the bus stop to the temple.

 

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8th. Keihin Fushimi Inari Jinja

Keihin Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Inari Shrines in Japan, located in Kawasaki City. Inari Shrine is known for holding red Torii(archways to a Shinto shrine) and a white fox which is considered to be a messenger of God as its symbol. Built in 1954, Keihin Fushimi Inari Shrine is a relatively new shrine and holds Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine as the grand head shrine.
 
Keihin Fushimi Inari Shrine is also famous for placing a large ‘Goshinkyo(sacred mirror)’and foreign tourists have been increasing. Walking through under the main red torii, visitors may find the ‘Senbon Torii(a thousand torii)’and the fine main shrine building.
 
In the precincts of the shrine, visitors will be met by 108 statues of foxes, which all have expressive faces and different poses that is the highlight and notable here.
Opening Hour is 6:00-17:00 (Shrine office opens 9:30-16:30). There is No Closing days. Admission is Free.

Access

Access from Kawasaki Station: JR Nanbu-line(Bound for Tachikawa). From Kawasaki Station to Musashi-Kosugi Station. A 6-minute walk from the station to the shrine.

 

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7th. The Taro Okamoto Museum of Art

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The Taro Okamoto Museum of Art collects and exhibits the works of Kawasaki-born Taro Okamoto(1911-1996), one of the representative artists of Japan.
 
His well-known works, such as the‘Tower of the Sun’(the symbol of Expo ‘70) and ‘The Myth of Tomorrow’(a mural painting placed at Shibuya Station) obtained him fame even from overseas. The museum has a museum shop that sells a variety of souvenirs and goods designed with his art works.
 
Opening Hours: 9:30-17:00(the last admission: 16:30). Closed is Mondays, the day after National holidays and the Year-End and New Year’s holidays. Admission is Varies depending on the exhibition. (On average: 500yen/Adult 300yen/over 65years old, High school Student or College Student).

Access

Access from Kawasaki Station, a combined use of JR Nanbu-Line, Odakyu-Line and Odakyu Bus is convenient. JR Nanbu-Line(Bound for Tachikawa); from Kawasaki Station to Noborito Station. Change to Odakyu-Line. Odakyu-Line(Bound for Machida); from Noborito Station to Mukogaoka-Yuen Station. Get out from the South gate and change to Odakyu Bus.
 
Odakyu Bus (Bound for the South gate of Mizonokuchi Station, No.5) to Ikuta-Ryokuchi-Iriguchi Bus stop. Note: Buses come 1 to 2 times an hour. An 8-minute walk from the bus stop to the museum.

 

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6th. Nihon Minka-en

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Nihon Minka-en(Japan Open-air Folk House Museum) is an open air museum in Ikuta-Ryokuchi area in Kawasaki City, which exhibits Japan’s old folk houses. 25 cultural properties have been relocated and are on display.
 
As the streets and houses have been changing rapidly in recent generation, the museum aims to preserve and study the old folk houses and hand down them to posterity. Surrounded by green trees, visitors are allowed to have relaxing slow time here walking around and stopping by the traditional old folk houses, feeling as if traveling back to old times.
 
Opening Hours is 9:30-17:00(from March to October) / 9:30-16:30 (from November to February). Closed on Mondays, the day after National holidays and the Year-end and New Year’s holidays. Admission is 500 yen/ Adults 300 yen/over 65years old or Students (High school and College). Free of charge for Children under Junior High school.

Access

Access from Kawasaki Station: A combined use of JR Nanbu-Line, Odakyu-Line and Odakyu Bus is convenient. JR Nanbu-Line(Bound for Tachikawa); from Kawasaki Station to Noborito Station.
 
Change to Odakyu-Line. Odakyu-Line(Bound for Machida); from Noborito Station to Mukogaoka-Yuen Station. Get out from the South gate and change to Odakyu Bus. Odakyu Bus (Bound for the South gate of Mizonokuchi Station, No.5)to Ikuta-Ryokuchi-Iriguchi Bus stop (a 3-minute ride with 210yen/ Adults for one way). Then a 3-minute walk from the bus stop to the museum.

 

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5th. Fujiko F Fujio Museum

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Fujiko・F・Fujio Museum locates in Tama area, Kawasaki City and exhibits a variety of original manga pictures and other attractive materials of a cartoonist Fujiko・F・Fujio.
 
Lived for a long time in Tama-ku, Kawasaki City, Fujiko・F・Fujio(1933-1996)is one of the most notable cartoonists in Japan who created popular manga characters such as ‘Doraemon’, ‘Perman’, ‘Obake no Q-taro’ and many others. Especially, ‘Doraemon’ is nationally loved and recognized as a cultural icon of Japan. It is also very popular throughout the world and related events have been held in a various places.
 
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 Note: Advance reservation is required according to the quarterly divided time schedule on each day.
 
Closed on Tuesdays and the Year-end and New Year’s holidays. Admission is 1000 yen/Adults and College Students 700yen/ High school and Junior High school Students 500yen/ Children over 4 years old. Tickets are purchased online or at Lawson convenient stores(Loppi vending system).

Access

Access from Kawasaki Station: A combined use of JR Nanbu-Line and Shuttle bus service is convenient.
Boarding Section: JR Nanbu-Line(Bound for Tachikawa); from Kawasaki Station to Noborito Station.
 
Shuttle bus service is available from Noborito Station to the museum in every 10 minutes(a 9-minute ride with 210yen/ Adults for one way). s for one way). Then a 3-minute walk from the bus stop to the museum.

 

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4th. Shinshuen Garden

Shinshu-en garden is a Chinese style garden and is located in Kawasaki Daishi Park(adjacent to Kawasaki Daishi Heikenji-temple). The garden was given from Shenyang City of China to Kawasaki City in 1987 in commemoration of their 5 years friendships. All the buildings here are constructed with the elegant classical garden style.
 
The highlight is blue-grazed roof tiles on the temple corridors or palaces of princes, built in the Ming and Qing dynasties periods by the imperial orders. Visitors will enjoy beautiful and well-proportioned lines of the tiles.
 
The other must-see here is a deformed limestone called Taihu Stone, which is very precious in China.
Opening Hours is 9:00-16:00. Closed on Mondays, the next day of National holiday and from Dec.29 to Dec. 31. Admission is Free.

Access

Access from Kawasaki Station: Kawasaki City Bus Service is available. Boarding Section: from JR Kawasaki Station to Tanimachi Bus stop(a 12-minute ride)A 4-minute walk from the bus stop to Shinshu-en garden.

 

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3rd. Ikuta Ryokuchi Park’s Iris Garden

Located inside of the Ikuta Ryokuchi Park, Iris Garden holds around 2,800 roots of Irises. Around June every year, bright white and purple irises are in full bloom all over the garden.
 
People in Japan have loved iris for a long period and many of Japanese paintings and Ukiyo-e paintings have been created featuring it. The garden is free to access (No Opening Hours, no Closing days nor Admission are set).

Access

Access from Kawasaki Station: A combined use of JR Nanbu-Line, Odakyu-Line and Odakyu Bus is convenient. Boarding Section: JR Nanbu-Line(Bound for Tachikawa); from Kawasaki Station to Noborito Station. Change to Odakyu-Line. Odakyu-Line(Bound for Machida); from Noborito Station to Mukogaoka-Yuen Station.
 
Get out from the South gate and change to Odakyu Bus. Odakyu Bus(Bound for the South gate of Mizonokuchi Station, No.5)to Ikuta-Ryokuchi-Iriguchi Bus stop(a 3-minute ride)A 3-minute walk to the Ikuda Ryokuchi Garden.

 

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2nd. Higashi-ōgishima East Park

Higashi-ogishima East Park opened in April of 2008 and only park in the region with an artificial beach. Within the area which is 3 times larger than Tokyo Dome, it contains a dog-run facility ‘Wanwan Hiroba(Park)’, an observation deck ‘Shiokaze-deck’, an artificial beach ‘Jinko-kaihin Kawasaki-no-Hama’ and others where you can stay relaxed being surrounded by green trees, blue sky and sea while watching the Haneda Landing airplanes and large ships. From spring to the early summer, it is popular from people who enjoy gathering shellfishes and clam digging on the seashore.
 
The park is illuminated at night and shows fantastic view which is also enjoyed. The park is free to access(No Opening Hours, no Closing days nor Admission are set).

Access

Access from Kawasaki Station: Kawasaki City Bus Service is available. Boarding Section: from JR Kawasaki Station to Higashi-ogijima Higashi Park(a 30-minute ride)A 2-minute walk from the bus stop to the park.

 

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1st. Kawasaki Daishi

Kawasaki Daishi Heikenji Temple belongs to the Chisan School of Shingon Buddhism and called as ‘Kawasaki Daishi’ or ‘Yakuyoke Kobo Daishi(protection against evil). The origin of the temple is said to date back to 1128, when a fisherman named Kanenori Hirama received a divine revelation in his dream one night and pulled up a wooden statue of Kobo Daishi from the sea.
 
He then built the temple. In the Edo period, the 11th Shogun Ienari and the 12th Shogun Ieyoshi visited the temple which is well known episode. A wide range of events are held throughout the year and the temple receives many worshippers and tourists. Especially during the New Year period, it is known that around 3 million people visit the temple every year.
 
The local specialty is ‘Kuzu-mochi (pudding-like arrowroot cake)‘ and Kuzumochi shops stand side by side around the temple. Opening Hours is 5:30-18:00(from February to December & from April to September), 6:00-17:30(from October to March)Note: The Opening Hours vary on Dec. 31 and during January. Please visit and check the Website). Admission is Free.

Access

Access from Kawasaki Station:Keikyu Daishi-Line is convenient.(Move from Kawasaki Station to Keihin-Kyuko Kawasaki Station on foot). Boarding Section: from Keihin Kawasaki Station(Bound for Kojima-shinden)to Kawasaki Daishi Station. An 8-minute walk to Kawasaki Daishi.

 

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2. Getting to Kawasaki station from Tokyo

 

By Train

Access from Tokyo Station to Kawasaki Station: JR Tokaido Honsen-Line or JR Keihin Tohoku/Negishi-Line are convenient. Boarding Section is JR Tokaido Honsen-Line (Bound for Odawara or Atami).
 
From Tokyo Station to Kawasaki Station(around 18-minute ride, 310yen/Adults for one way). JR Kehin Tohoku/Negishi-Line(Bound for Ofuna); from Tokyo Station to Kawasaki Station(around 26-minute ride, 310yen/Adults for one way).

 

By Bus

No direct access from Tokyo Station to Kawasaki Station. A Non-stop Bus Service, Kekyu Bus(Bound for Kawasaki Station: No.51) is available from Haneda Airport International Terminal between 6:00 and 24:00. Once an hour between 6:00 and 7:00 and between 23:00 and 24:00.

 
One or two buses an hour between 7:00 and 23:00. The bus starts from Haneda Terminal 2 then comes to the International Terminal. Around 40 –minute ride takes passengers to Kawasaki Station. Fee: 280yen/Adults for one way