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30 Minutes from Tokyo Station! Popular Tourist Spots in Japan’s Leading Industrial Area, Kawasaki

Kawasaki, which is known as an industrial area, is becoming more and more popular for its cool attractions such as night views of the factories and a variety of other tourists spots, including parks and temples. This article introduces five recommended tourist destinations in Kawasaki.

1. Enjoy a View of the City of Kawasaki and Tokyo Bay from the Observatory of Kawasaki Marien

Kawasaki Marien was developed as a meeting space to connect Kawasaki Port with the citizens of Kawasaki. It is a place for the citizens to relax and enjoy themselves, with a full range of facilities ranging from a theater with detailed information on Kawasaki Port, to tennis courts, beach volleyball courts, and a barbecue area. Its best attraction is the observatory in the Tower Building. It is a deck with 360-degree glass paneling from which to see the city of Kawasaki, the industrial area, and Tokyo Bay, as well as nearby landmark buildings such as TOKYO SKYTREE. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Mt. Fuji. The recommended time to visit is at sundown and after sunset so you can see the lights of the industrial area. The factory lights create a mystical scenery different from the daytime.
It is located around 30 minutes on a city-run bus from JR Kawasaki Station and is free to access. Even the viewing binoculars are free to use, so this is a hidden gem of view spots.

1. Enjoy a View of the City of Kawasaki and Tokyo Bay from the Observatory of Kawasaki Marien

38-1 Higashi Ogijima, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa

2. Enjoy the Extraordinary at the Super Unique Game Center, Amusement Park Warehouse Kawasaki Branch

Amusement Park Warehouse, which suddenly appears in front of your eyes in a spot about 10 minutes on foot from Kawasaki Station, is an extraordinary game center that faithfully recreates Kowloon Walled City, the infamous slum that actually existed in Hong Kong.
The game center is designed for adults to enjoy, so entry is limited to those age 18 and older. The facility incorporates a game corner, as well as a 24-hour darts area and internet cafe. In addition to the game center that is so extensive you’ll need more than a day to fully enjoy it, a major attraction of the facility is its unique aesthetic. All of the decorations, from the neon lights to old Chinese signs and posters, are re-created with great attention to detail, and even the vending machines, coin change machines, and toilets are designed to represent the rundown atmosphere of the slums. Take one step inside, and you’ll have the extraordinary experience of having entered a slum fortress.

2. Enjoy the Extraordinary at the Super Unique Game Center, Amusement Park Warehouse Kawasaki Branch

3-7 Nisshin-cho, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa

3. Take a Break in Higashi Ogishima East Park Enjoying Views of the Factories and Airplanes

If you want to take a break from sightseeing, go to Higashi Ogishima East Park. It is a huge harbor park that opened in 2008 with facilities such as an artificial beach for clam digging (limited season) and barbecue areas.
Haneda Airport is on the other side of the Tama River, so you may be able to see airplanes arriving and taking off up close. There is a fantastic view of the Keihin industrial area on the other shore from the wooden deck along the canal. Why not relax, clear your thoughts and enjoy the views of the densely built factory buildings and the large boats on Tokyo Bay? It is within walking distance of Kawasaki Marien so you can visit them both in one trip.

3. Take a Break in Higashi Ogishima East Park Enjoying Views of the Factories and Airplanes

58-1 Higashi Ogishima, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa

4. Slip into the Near Future with a Night Cruise to See the Factory Lights

The view of the Keihin industrial district on the shore of Kawasaki is a view that is counted among the top five night views of factories. The Kawasaki Factory Night View Cruise is a great way to see this view from a boat.
The sight of the numerous lights lit up for the plants’ operation, the steam and fire coming out of the plants, and the buildings that look like robots is like a space station in a sci-fi movie. This is a great way to take in the gorgeous and powerful futuristic view up close.
There is a wide selection of cruises, such as a cruise on a yakatabune (houseboat), guided tours of the appeals of the factory night view, and dinner cruises. Find a tour that piques your interest, make a reservation and enter the deep world of factory night views.

4. Slip into the Near Future with a Night Cruise to See the Factory Lights

Kawasaki City Institute if Industrial Promotion Hall 8F, 66-20 Horikawa-cho, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa

5. Cleansing Your Spirit at Kawasaki Daishi

Official name: Kongo-san Kinjo-in Heiken-ji Temple
This is a popular spot thought to have mystical powers visited by approximately 3 million worshippers every year. It is about eight minutes on foot from the nearest Kawasakidaishi Station.
It is famous for the Gomakito (rite of burning) that is held in the Dai-Hondo (Main Hall) every day. It is a ceremony to achieve purification by burning off worldly desires through the power of fire. Participation is accepted with same-day registration. There is also a unique ceremony to pray for the safety of drivers that takes place in the Jido-sha Kotsu-anzen Kito-den (Prayer Hall for Safe Driving) and comes with a charm with your car’s license plate number written on it.
The “nakamise” shops lining the path to the temple is also one of the highlights. There are many shops with great atmosphere, such as long-established wagashi (Japanese sweets) shops and traditional candy stores with candy-makers showing off their techniques, so be sure to stop by after visiting the temple.

5. Cleansing Your Spirit at Kawasaki Daishi

4-48 Daishi-machi, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa

Kawasaki is a great place for shopping, but this time, the spotlight was placed on popular sightseeing locations. Be sure to refer to this article to plan your trip to Kawasaki.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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