The neighbourhood ...Then and Now
"The View from the Past"
This is the 2nd of the "53 stages of Tokaido" , which are a series of woodblock prints scenes of different cities along the Ancient Tokaido Road (from Nihonbashi to Kyoto) as depicted by Hiroshige in 1831.
This set of work is well known and still popular in Japan today, and modern or original reprints of the woodblock of varying qualities may still be found in the art stores of today, some are sold individually or by entire set for all 55 prints (53 stops and two termini).
As the 3rd nor 1st stops of Hodogaya and Shinagawa are not listable at present, please see the woodblock print of terminal of Nihonbashi by clicking here.
"View of Kawasaki Today"
Our home, Kawasaki, is generally seen as an industrial city, but are quite a few hidden tour spots here in the neighbourhood.
There is a Kawasaki Tourism Information Window which is operated by the City Hall, located opposite the ticket gates of JR Kawasaki Station. The Information Window features a video monitor with many brochures of interest. For now, the information is all in Japanese, and we'll be looking forward to posting here any new information we learn from there!
"So, precisely where is Kawasaki, you ask?"
Kawasaki is located at the yellow dot in the centre. Other yellow labelled places are Tokyo to the North-Northeast, and
Yokohama to the South-West, so the location is perfectly convenient. The journey takes about 10 mins from either station on the JR Tokaido Line. You may also ride trains with local stops on JR Keihin Tohoku, and the Keihin Kyuko Line, which both runs roughly in parallel.
Several other branch train lines originating from Kawasaki are:
a) JR Nanbu Line leading toward West Tokyo way up into the mountains of Okutama.
b) branch line Keihin Kyuko Kawasaki Daishi Line leading towards the famous temple of same name and further out to the industrial districts.
c) and two more indirectly accessed really minor branch lines JR Tsurumi Line and JR Nambu Shisen transporting employees to one of Japan's major industrial districts which are the rectangular islands located southeast.
The blue line across Tokyo Bay is Aqualine Expressway.
The little aeroplane mark nearby is Haneda Airport, Tokyo's main domestic airport. There are however, some limited international flights from this airport at this time, namely the morning flights from here to Seoul Korea's domestic, hopefully there might be more in the future as a new terminal is currently under construction.
Scale 1:300,000 digital mapping created courtesy of the map function at http://www.yahoo.co.jp