Kawasaki Daishi Heiken-ji Temple

Kawasaki Daishi Heiken-ji Temple

Kawasaki Daishi Heiken-ji Temple

Kawasaki Daishi Heiken-ji Temple
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6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Friday
6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Hiroaki Kaneko
Tokyo, Japan2,635 contributions
May 2021
川崎大師の通称で知られる、現在の初詣のスタイルの起源とも言われる寺院。川崎駅から離れていることと、周囲が住宅街ということもあり、平日は比較的静かだが、休日には多くの参拝客・観光客で賑わう。
この寺院に限ったことではないが、特に休日には境内内に多くの露店が立ち並ぶ。彼らの商魂逞しさは舌を巻く程であるが、静かに参拝したり寺院の景観を愛でる側からすると時として邪魔に映ることがある。喧噪を感じることなく参拝するのであれば、平日がお勧めである。
境内はそれほど広くはないため、境内を周回するだけであれば30分も必要ない。境内には様々な建物があるものの、それらに関する説明書きは少なく、あってもほとんど日本語のみで英語などの多言語での説明は極めて少ない。また境内を案内するガイドもいない。歴史的な趣を感じるより、散策ルートの一つとして、肩肘張らず訪れるといいかもしれない。

This temple, commonly known as Kawasaki Daishi, is said to be the origin of today's Hatsumode style. The temple is located far from Kawasaki Station and is surrounded by residential areas, so it is relatively quiet on weekdays, but on weekends and holidays, it is crowded with worshippers and tourists.
The temple is not the only one, but there are many stalls lining in the precinct in the temple, especially on holidays. Although their business spirit is impressive, they can be a hindrance to those who want to worship in peace and enjoy the scenery of the temple. If you want to visit the temple without feeling the noise, weekdays are recommended.
The precincts are not very large, and it would take less than half an hour just to walk around the precincts. Although there are various buildings in the precincts, there are few explanations about them, and they are mostly in Japanese, with very few explanations in English or other languages. There are also no guides to show you around the precincts. It might be better to visit the temple as a strolling route rather than to feel the historical atmosphere.
Written May 15, 2021
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TomKXY
Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan162 contributions
May 2019
The location is not very convenient but it is one of the largest buddhist temples in Japan. This is the home of "Daruma", paper/wooden dolls for good fortune and there are plenty to choose from. You paint one eye to make a wish and the other when it comes true. Popular gifts for students for luck on their exams.
Written April 28, 2020
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J&S_Singapore
Singapore, Singapore3,462 contributions
May 2015
Always touted as the top 3 temples in Japan for New Year prayers we made a day trip from Tokyo! Kawasaki Daishi is one of very famous and larger Buddhism temple in Kanto area. And is the popular name of Heiken-ji (平間寺). They have special ritual everyday of sutra recitation and activities like blazing flame.
It is not easy to get there from central Tokyo. We have arrived at Kawasaki Main JR sta. from here just walk about 15 minutes walk to Keikyu Kawasaki sta. then and travel to Keikyu Kawasaki Daishi Station using the Daishi line.
One has to walk easily 20 mins and the main approach to the temple is quite similar to the famous Asakusa shrine – Senoji Temple; one walks along a street Nakamise-Dori (Nakamise Street) lined with shops selling tea, pastries, souvenirs, wind chimes and sweet and others. You can also hear the iconic and rhythmical sound of shop staff cutting candy bars with a kitchen knife at shops nearby – an interesting sight-and-sound experience!. Defiitely do not miss the lucky pot-bellied Daruma dolls – made famous here.
Upon which one reaches the Dai-Sanmon (大山門): You’ll find images of the Four Heavenly Kings there. The Main Hall is just infront. Take time to explore the Temple huge premises too. At one corner you will find the Henro Daishi Statue. Hakkaku Gojunoto (八角五重塔), the octagonal five-storied pagoda was built to celebrate the 1150th anniversary of the death of Kobo Daishi. It symbolizes receptiveness and completeness..The Daishi Park has a large pond with turtles and greenery. While we were there was some archery event taking place. Indeed a large and lively temple.
Overall we find it an impressive Temple and you should drop by to have a look too!.
Written June 30, 2015
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Mohit S
Bengaluru, India2,070 contributions
Nov 2019
This temple is really beautiful. You can pray here for a while and then see the beautiful grounds maintained by temple.

Easily accessible by train, need to get down at Kawasaki Daishi station.
Written February 16, 2020
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cooblue
Singapore, Singapore764 contributions
Sep 2019
From Kawasaki station, look out for Keikyu Dashi LIne, walk towards that direction u will find Keikyu Kawasaki station, ride a few stops & alight at Kawasaki Dashi Station. It's easy to find as u can see traffic junction, a street leading to temple.

Went late afternoon on weekday, street towards temple was quiet & some shops closed. Nice walk in temple ground, many koi fish, spend a quiet moment there was good. One of the building has unique architecture that not seen in any of the temples before. Around 5pm, shops start closing for the day, so best come early.
Written September 30, 2019
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Boowicked
Sunnyvale, CA605 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
Went there on a Sunday. There was a "festival" with many wind chimes (the one with glass dome on top) being shown. Including across the main temple entrance.

Started from Shin-Yokohama station. Took train to Higashi-Kanagawa (Yokohama Line), then transferred to train to Kawasaki station (Tohoku Line), then transferred on Keikyu line to Kawasaki Daishi station. Total 360 Yen one way.

Walk from Kawasaki Daishi station to Temple is about 10 minutes. Bring umbrella during hot weather.
Written July 25, 2018
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Juniperberry29
GB119 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
We visited the Daishi while the penis festival was on. Of course it was very busy and there were food stalls of all types in the courtyard - lots of interesting smells and queues for popular foods like bbq steak. The temple is big and there was a drum practice playing - loud and vibrant, drawing you in.
Written April 15, 2018
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Arianna E
Japan77 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
We visited this large shrine during the Kanamara festival in Kawasaki. This place is spread out and is probably a nice peaceful place to picnic when the festival is not happening. Way to many people visiting during Kanamara and the crowds spill over here. It has stalls and shops much like Asakusa. It has a park like area on the grounds but it's not a garden like Meiji. We spent a few hours strolling around this area eating the stall food, looking at all the shops, and admiring the pretty shrine buildings. The shrine itself is just lovely. The artwork on the ceiling in one building was gorgeous. So look up. This place is probably more mellow when there is no festival. When you're in Kawasaki this its worth spending time in. And if the crowds are too much during the Kanamara festival walk a few blocks over to this shrine for some breathing room.
Written April 2, 2018
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Selahattin B
8 contributions
Nov 2016 • Business
When your trip falls to Kawasaki, I suggest you visit this temple by devoting a few hours.
There are small stalls selling souvenirs in the temple. A real bonsai is available in a garden you can buy. But it's a little difficult to get bonsai out of the country.
Written April 1, 2017
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y y
Kawasaki, Japan20 contributions
Jan 2015 • Family
Kawasaki Daishi is one of very famous large esoteric Buddhism temple in Kanto area. They have special ritual everyday of sutra recitation,blazing flame, and sound of drum and gong. It's very exciting time to be there.
Written February 18, 2015
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