If you are day tripping from Tokyo, consider Kawasaki’s Daishi Heikenji temple, only a 20 minute train ride from Tokyo. Not only is the Daishi Heikenji temple pretty fabulous, but the shopping is also excellent– sort of a mini version of Asakusa, minus the jostling crowds. In fact, if you go early enough like we did, you might be the only ones there (which after days of fighting crowds was an amazing experience).
Quick Content Guide
First, visit the Kawasaki Daishi Heikenji Temple
A 900 year old Buddhist temple, the Daishi Heikenji Temple is of course the primary reason to visit Kawaski.
Shop Nakamise-doori 仲見世通り) the Street Leading to the Temple
The street leading up to the temple, Nakamise-doori, was an unexpected surprise– filled with diverse and interesting shops and restaurants, reasonably priced, and completely uncrowded. The two souvenirs to look out for are Daruma dolls (read my full post here on these wishing dolls) and sarashi ame candy.