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.
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.
Photos: Junko Nagata © Japanbyweb.com