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The southwest of Tokyo is comprised of Kawasaki and Yokohama city, along with the old town of Kamakura and the Miura-hanto Peninsula.


With a population of approximately 1.17 million people, Kawasaki has been extended into a bustling industrial port city. Part of it has been built on reclaimed land from the Tokyo Bay. It is Kawasaki city that hosts the famous Jibeta Matsuri, where costumed locals parade wooden phalluses to celebrate the defeat of a sharp-toothed dragon. The festival takes place annually on April 15, and is held near the Kawasaki Daishi station. To get to this city, just take the Keihin Tohoku line to Kawasaki station.

Kawasaki Daishi Temple - Founded in 1127, the Kawasaki Daishi Temple was once known as the Heigen-ji Temple. According to legends, an image of Kobo Daishi was fished from the sea and was appropriately placed in the temple. Kobo Daishi was the founder of the Shingon sect, which is affiliated to the temple. There are various interesting shops near the temple, along with a fascinating five-story pagoda. Furthermore, entry to the temple is free.

To reach the temple, visitors can take the Keihin Tohoku line from Tokyo to Kawasaki, and change to the Daishi line. The Kawasaki Daishi station is only three stops away.

Nihon Minka-en Garden - Twenty-two traditional Japanese buildings that were collected from the surrounding countryside, and reconstructed as one site are an interesting sight to behold at the Nihon Minka-en Garden, which is an open-air museum. Farmhouses make up most of the buildings although there is an occasional Shinto shrine and kabuki stage. Visitors will be able to observe the way of life of an older Japan at this garden. With the exception of Mondays, the garden is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To get to the garden, take the Odakyu line from Shinjuku station to Mukogaoka-yuen station.

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