Also Known as Yakuyoke Daishi, This Temple is Visited by Many for “Hatsumode” Every Year
Kawasaki Daishi is a popular place for people to visit for “hatsumode,” or the first shrine visit of the year. Around 3 million people visit it every year for hatsumode. It’s also known as “Yakuyoke no Odaishi-sama,” or “Odaishi-sama of warding off evil,” and it is a place of faith for not only people in the nearby Kanto region prefectures, but from across the whole country.
Every day monks participate in homa, a Buddhist ritual of burning sticks to ask for blessings, and pray that the wishes of visiting worshipers, like preventing misfortune, familial safety, business prosperity, and good health, come true. If you visit the homa being performed at the Daihondo main hall, you can be blessed against evil before Kobo-Daishi, the temple’s object of worship and the one who wards against evil.
Warding against evil is not the only blessing you can receive; you can also pray for familial safety, business prosperity, good health, and more.
There’s plenty to see, including the “Octagonal Five-Storied Pagoda,” which was designed as a harmonious main feature of the grounds and temple, as well as “Yakushi-Den,” which was built with an Indian-inspired architectural style.
This temple is a popular choice for hatsumode visits.
It is a particularly famous in the Kanto region as a location for warding off evil.
The road leading to the temple is a shopping area packed with delicious food options, so it can be fun to walk around eating while visiting.
The shopping area sells a famous specialty cough drop, so you’re likely to hear the sounds of the lozenges being cut up as you walk around.
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- Name in Japanese
- Official Name
- Kongozan Kinjoin Heiken-ji (金剛山 金乗院 平間寺)
- Postal Code
- 4-48 Daisahi-cho, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa
- No holidays
Early morning until evening
※Hours vary by season and day, so please see official web page for details.
- About an 8-minute walk from the Keikyu Daishi Line’s Kawasaki Daishi Station
- Official Website
- Official Website (English)