Kawasaki Diashi Temple
Kawasaki Daishi is located in Kawasaki, in the Kanagawa Prefecture off the Keikyu Line.
Kawasaki Daishi Temple is located in the near the Kawasakidaishi Station and takes about 8 minutes to walking along the large red gate.
Kawasaki Daishi Temple is one of the top three most popular temples to visit during the Japanese New Year which means that it attracts many people from all around to visit. There is also quite a number of visitors on the weekend as well.
On the way to the Kawasaki Daishi Temple, there are many shops that sell a lot of local specialties and accompanying gifts.
“Tontoko Candy” is a unique candy local to the area. It is said to relieve coughing and help get rid of phlegm.
Kawasaki Daishi Temple was founded in 1128. Looking out into the courtyard, you can see large lanterns hanging above the entrance along beams and columns on both sides.
Entering the temple grounds, you can see the main places of worship and smell the incense burners in front left there for worshipers to lite.
There is also a prayer area to used to help pray to eliminate disasters and protect peace. You can also write your own wishes and pray.
The protection of the monk is a solemn religious ceremony derived from the authentic esoteric Buddhist teachings. The prayer time of the protection is fixed. You can write your wishes before the ceremony and give them to the service staff to pray on your behalf.
In addition to protection and praying, there are also many handmade talismans. The Kawasaki Daishi Temple’s talismans showcase a local design. Many of these will have themes for prayer such as granting wishes, good studies, and good health. You can also write a wish on the back and then hang it along with the others.
Every weekend there will be a lot of vendors behind the five-storied pagoda, which is are very tasty to visit after seeing the Temple.
Kawasaki Daishi Temple
Address: 4-48 Daishimachi, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture
Access: 8 minute walk from Kawasakidaishi Station
Hours: 5:30 am – 6:00 pm（April – September）6:00 am – 5:30 pm (October – March)
Prayer times (Feburary 1,2,3 and December 31st)：
6:30 am（On the 21st of April and September 6:00 am) 9:00, 10:30, 11:30
1:00,2:30,3:30 (Monday- Saturday)
1:00, 2:00, 3:00,4:00（Every Sunday and 21st of each month）
7:00 (on the 20th of each month)
Website: Kawasaki Daishi Temple
Nihon Minkaen is a museum displaying the ancient Japanese homes. The park displays about 25 traditional buildings, which are quite large.
Established in 1967, Nihon Minkaen was created to preserve the traditional settlements of the Edo period. It is not only an important cultural asset of the locality, but also an important cultural asset of Japan.
There are a wide variety of buildings in the park, including the ancient folk houses, as well as the waterwheel house, the bow house and a Kabuki stage.
These ancient buildings allow us to see the styles of past Edo architecture.
The park is divided into several villages spread across the area and roofs and structures of each building are different.
The waterwheel lodge was built around the mid-19th century and used to be used primarily for irrigation.
The Ota home in the Kanto Village is a type of residential building. Because of the wide space between the two households, most of them are used for grain and crops.
Almost all of the ancient buildings can be visited and since there are fewer tourists, the park is not crowded making it suitable for walking.
In addition to visiting ancient buildings, visitors can also experience traditional craftsmanship and take a glimpse into the life of the ancient people. It is definitely one of the sights that must not be missed in Kawasaki.
Address: 7-1-1 Masugata, Tama Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture
13 minute walk fro Mukogaoka-Yuen Station on the Odakyu Line
25 minute walk from JR Noborita station
9:30 am – 5:00 pm (March – October)
9:30 am – 4:30 pm (November – February)
*Closed every Monday and National Holiday
500 yen for Adults
300 yen for High School and University Students
Free for Children under High School
300 yen for Elderly 65 and over
WebsiteNihon Minkaen (Japanese)