（Top image）Hatsumoude is the first visit to a shrine in a year at Kawasaki Daishi, view of the main hall
The first shrine visit of the new year is an important moment. This is an opportunity to pray for peace throughout the year and make wishes for other aspirations. Kawasaki Daishi is a temple at which the chief abbot begins a ceremony at midnight on January 1 to light votive sticks in front of the principal object of worship in the hall. This rite is designed as a prayer for the safety and tranquility of the nation and emperor, and that the prayers and aspirations of worshipers everywhere may be realized.
From January 1-31, many make a pilgrimage to pay their New Year’s respects in the first visit of the New Year. During the first three days of 2018, 3.09M visitors came to the temple.
View of votive Goma inside the main hall
［Date］Held annually from January 1-31
［Place］Kawasaki Daishi Heiken-ji Temple
［Admission fees］Free (separate fees apply for prayer rites)
［TEL］044-266-3420(9:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Kawasaki Daishi Heikenji is the head temple of the Shingon sect of Chiyama, which has a history of 890 years. As an apotropaic magician who eliminates all kinds of disasters, the spiritual test has been famous for a long time, and he has been known as an "apotropaic magician" and has gained serious faith from all over the country.
At this temple, we practice Goma prayer every day and pray for the fulfillment of all your wishes such as warding off evil, family safety, business prosperity, and healthy longevity.
From Keikyu Kawasaki Station, change to the Keikyu Daishi Line and get off at Kawasaki Daishi Station, 8 minutes on foot / From JR Kawasaki Station, change to the harbor bus and get off at Kawasaki Daishi, 8 minutes on foot
Address4-48 Daishimachi, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa
Business Hour[April-September] 6: 00-17: 30 [October-March] 5: 30-18: 00 * New Year period is subject to change
Parking Area[Ordinary passenger car] 700 [Large bus (including minibus)] 40 * Parking fee free
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