Kawasaki Daishi

Also Known as Yakuyoke Daishi, This Temple is Visited by Many for “Hatsumode” Every Year

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Temple

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.

Highlights

  • 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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Photos

  • Kawasaki Daishi Daihondo
  • Octagonal Five-Storied Pagoda
  • Yakushi-Den

Reviews

  • 許政祥

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  • 簡祟佑

    關東地區初詣三大寺之一,平時沒有什麼人潮,和淺草寺相比較差很多

  • Rise

    川崎大师是日本全国新年参拜人数最多的寺院之一。从参道两旁的糖果店传出的有节奏的切割糖果的声音特别有趣。我最喜欢吃的是叫做“葛饼Kuzumochi”的传统甜点。香味扑鼻的黄豆粉还有黑糖酱都特别好吃。

  • 蔡雅妏

    可以參拜祈求外,很適合放鬆的地方,周圍有商店街與公園,都很適合帶家人走走。

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Details

Name in Japanese
川崎大師
Official Name
Kongozan Kinjoin Heiken-ji (金剛山 金乗院 平間寺)
Founded
1128
Postal Code
210-8521
Address
4-48 Daisahi-cho, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa
Telephone
044-266-3420
Admission
Free
Closed
No holidays
Hours
Early morning until evening
※Hours vary by season and day, so please see official web page for details.
Access
About an 8-minute walk from the Keikyu Daishi Line’s Kawasaki Daishi Station
Official Website
Official Website (English)