Kawasaki Daishi and Tontoko Candy

Kawasaki Daishi and Tontoko Candy
Item# KAWASAKISHI002

Product Description

Kawasaki Daishi is the informal name of Heiken-ji in Kawasaki, Japan. Founded in 1128, it is the headquarters of the Chizan sect of Shingon Buddhism. Kawasaki Daishi is a popular temple for hatsumode (the first visit to a place of worship in the new year). In 2006, 2.72 million people engaged in hatsumode here, the third largest figure in Japan and the largest in Kanagawa Prefecture. Keihin Electric Express Railway, the oldest railroad company in the Kanto region of Japan, commenced service in January 1899 to carry passengers to Kawasaki Daishi from Tokyo.

It is not a well-known temple by foreign tourist but a pretty famous temple for the Japanese, the shopping street towards the temple famous for it's candy cutting sound where the sellers manually cut the candy on the cutting board & create a rythm (tontoko candy), recommended to tourist with ample time in tokyo for a half day trip there from Tokyo.