Industrial cool next to Tokyo
Kawasaki's industrial area lights up at night, drawing photographers and tourists for bus and house boat (yakatabune) tours. If you're looking to escape the tourist spots of Tokyo, come and experience the unique festivals, venues, and museums of Kawasaki.
- Witnessing the spectacle of Kanamara Matsuri (Festival of the Steel Phallus), held each year in spring
- Visiting Kawasaki Daishi Heikenji Temple
- Exploring traditional architecture at the Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum
How to Get There
Kawasaki is easily accessible from both Tokyo and Yokohama, about 18 minutes from Tokyo Station and eight minutes from Yokohama Station by train on the JR Tokaido line.
Kawasaki Daishi Heikenji Temple has a prayer hall for safe driving, popular with taxi drivers from all over the Tokyo area
Kawasaki was a post station on the Tokaido road from Tokyo to Kyoto, celebrated in woodblock prints by Utagawa Hiroshige around 1833
Step back in time
Architecture buffs and families will enjoy exploring the Ikuta Ryokuchi area, home to the Nihon Minka-en (Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum). There are 25 traditional thatched-roof houses and other structures dating from the 17th to 19th century, which have been relocated from various parts of Japan. Throughout the year, there are events such as performances and lectures, which can be enjoyed along with the seasonal scenery.
See the surreal
Avant-garde artist Taro Okamoto was born in Kawasaki in 1911. The Taro Okamoto Museum of Art is located near the Nihon Minka-en and houses a collection of works and documents donated by Taro Okamoto, as well as the art of his parents, Ippei and Kanoko Okamoto, and modern and contemporary art.
In daylight, Kawasaki's factories and refineries look gray and unappealing, but at night, illuminated and wreathed with steam, they take on an otherworldly beauty. The best way to see them is by boat, cruising along the canals of the Kawasaki waterfront on a house boat. Tours are available on Saturday nights, departing from Kawasaki Station. You can also take the Hato Bus tour from Tokyo Station to explore the area.
Spend some time learning about the history and products of Toshiba. At the Toshiba Science Museum you can learn about the chemistry and technology around us from the past, present and future. The museum has great interactive exhibits that kids will love.
The Fujiko F. Fujio Museum is a place where you can discover the dreams and playfulness of Fujiko F. Fujio, one of Japan's most popular cartoonists, whose works include Doraemon and many other masterpieces, through exhibitions of his original drawings and messages. Enjoy a moment of relaxation in the open-air cafe with a rooftop garden outside the window. You can enjoy an original menu inspired by his works. You can buy tickets in advance at Lawson convenience stores.
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