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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 Factory Night View

January 13, 2016

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Kawasaki is one of the major cities in Japan, which is located between Tokyo and Yokohama. Since the early 20th century Kawasaki’s waterfront area has been filled up and many factories such as steel works and chemical plants have been constructed there. Even now it is the heartland of Keihin Industrial Area.
In recent years factory night view boom has broken out in Japan. The reason for the recent popularity is its unusual and near-futuristic sight. Some people also say it looks like buildings in “Final Fantasy 7”, the world-famous RPG game. Kawasaki is said to trigger the boom and one of the most popular areas.
Though there are a lot of spots for night view, in this article, I would like to introduce 3 spots; Nippon Shokubai Kawasaki Chidori Plant, Kawasaki Marien and Higashi-ogijima Higashi Park at the beginning. I am sure that you will be attracted to Kawasaki Factory Night View.

Nippon Shokubai Kawasaki Chidori Plant



You can see the plant from close up at Nippon Shokubai Kawasaki Chidori Plant. There is a railroad track near by the plant and it creates a very nice atmosphere. This is a recommendable spot where you can find the attraction of Kawasaki Factory Night View.

8 minutes walk from “Nippon Shokubai Mae” stop of Kawasaki city bus (Route 05 Higashi-ogijima loop, Route 04 for Shiei-futo, Route 07 for Higashi-ogijima Nishi Koen. About 20 minutes from Kawasaki station)









Kawasaki Marien



There is an observation deck on the 10th floor (height: 51 meters) of Kawasaki Marien and it commands a panoramic view of Keihin Industrial Area. Moreover it is free of charge! You can see not only factories and containers in a port but also Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree and Minatomirai of Yokohama. It is open from 9:00 to 21:00 (last admission at 20:30). It is closed only during the year-end and New Year holidays (December 29 - January 3).

Close to “Kawasaki Marien Mae” stop of Kawasaki city bus (Route 05 Higashi-ogijima loop. About 25 minutes from Kawasaki station)









Higashi-ogijima Higashi Park



Higashi-ogijima Higashi Park is located in Higashi-ogijima Island, one of the artificial islands that are the closest to the sea. From there you can see factories in Ukishima Island on the opposite side of a canal. Especially the flare stack of Tonen General Kawasaki Refinery reflected in the canal is beautiful. In addition the deck along the canal is fantastic and has good atmosphere.

Close to “Higashi-ogijima Higashi Koen Mae” stop of Kawasaki city bus (Route 05 Higashi-ogijima loop. About 30 minutes from Kawasaki station)



Access

To all of these spots you can reach from Kawasaki station by Kawasaki city bus (Route 05 Higashi-ogijima loop). The bus leaves from 12 platform of Kawasaki Station East Exit. It takes 20 30 minutes from Kawasaki station to these spots. By the way to Kawasaki station it takes about 20 minutes from Tokyo station, about 10 minutes from Yokohama station by JR Tokaido line or Keihin-Tohoku line. The last bus from Kawasaki station leaves at 21:47 and that form Higashi-ogijima Higashi Park leaves at 23:19 on weekdays and 22:38 on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays (as of January 2016). Especially from Higashi-ogijima Higashi Park to Kawasaki station it is difficult to return if you miss the last bus, so be careful of the last bus time. The uniform fare on the bus is 210 yen (206 yen if you use IC card*). When you use Kawasaki city bus more than twice, the one-day ticket of 410 yen is valuable. The one-day ticket is granted to IC card if you ask a bus crew when riding on the bus. At this time, note that the balance of IC card is more than 410 yen.

* PASMO, SUICA, etc.

Kawasaki Factory Night View is beautiful and makes a strong impression. Experience these wonderful sights you cannot see usually!

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