Kawasaki Daishi Temple

Kawasaki Daisha (川崎大師) or Heiken-ji (平間寺) is a Buddhist temple in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture. It was founded in 1128 and belongs to the Chisan School of Shingon Buddhism. The temple is well known for its power of Yakuyoke (warding off evil), and is commonly called “Yakuyoke No Odaishi-sama”.

Kawasaki Daisha is among the most popular temples in Japan for hatsumode (the first visit to a shrine or temple in the new year). During the first 3 days of January it attracts more than 3 million visitors.

Outside of the temple there is a shopping street with plenty of souvenir and candy shops.

Dai-Sanmon (Main Gate)
Dai-Hondo, the main Hall
Kyozo (Sutra Repository)

Yasuragi Bashi (Yasuragi Bridge) and the Hakkaku Gojunoto (Octagonal Five-Storied Pagoda)

The statue of Japanese Buddhist monk Kukai (774–835), also known as Kobo Daishi, founder of Shingon Buddhism
Jidosha Kotsuanzen Kitoden (Prayer Hall for Safe Driving)

Matsuya Sohonten, a famous candy specialty shop
At Sumiyoshi you can try kuzumochi, a traditional Japanese dessert, famous in the area.

Kawasaki Daishi is about 10 minute walk from Kawasaki Daishi Station


Kawasaki Daishi station is a 30min train ride from Shinagawa Station, Tokyo. Take the Keikyu line to Keikyu Kawasaki Station and transfer to the Keikyu Daishi line.

The official website of Kawasaki Daishi (English)



Photos: Junko Nagata © Japanbyweb.com