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Writer:Yuta Sakaguchi

Hi, I’m Yuta. I grew up and live in Yokohama, a port city of Kanagawa prefecture near Tokyo. I once lived in Kichijoji, located in the western part of Tokyo. I love walking around a street and taking pictures. On my article I introduce attractions mainly of Tokyo and Yokohama with many wonderful pictures. Please enjoy them!

Kawasaki Daishi Heikenji Temple

December 28, 2015

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Dai-Sanmon (Main Gate)

Kawasaki Daishi Heikenji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Kawasaki city, Kanagawa prefecture. As one of the three grandest head temple of the Chizan school of the Shingon sect in Kanto region, the temple is revered by many people and the number of visitors for Hatsumode (the practice of visiting a shrine or temple at the beginning of the New Year) ranks third in Japan. About 3 millions people visit for Hatsumode every year.

The majority of the temple buildings were reconstructed after World War II, because they were destroyed by an air raid in 1945. But the buildings such as Dai-Hondo (Main Hall), Dai-Sanmon (Main Gate) and Hakkaku Gojunoto (Octagonal Five-storied Pagoda) are excellent.
In addition, it is fun to stroll along Nakamise Dori Street in front of the temple. There are some shops, which sell candy, kuzumochi (a Japanese sweet made of fermented wheat flour) or Daruma doll. The street is so lively.

Nakamise Dori Street

A standing statue of the Four Heavenly Kings in Dai-Sanmon (Main Gate)

Dai-Hondo (Main Hall)

The inside of Dai-Hondo (Main Hall)

Hakkaku Gojunoto (Octagonal Five-storied Pagoda)

Fudo Do (Fudomyoo Hall)

The view of Hakkaku Gojunoto (Octagonal Five-storied Pagoda) from Crane Pond

Crane Pond

Yakushiden Hall