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To Enjoy Bicycle Racing and Sightseeing, Come To Kawasaki!

Just 20 minutes from Tokyo Station on the JR Tokaido Main Line, Kawasaki offers excellent access. From entertainment facilities to hot springs and temples such as Kawasaki Daishi, this city is packed with sightseeing spots! The Kawasaki Velodrome, where visitors can feel the full impact of bicycle racing, is another attraction. In addition to introducing a model 1-day course for visiting Kawasaki, this article will show you how to enjoy yourself at the Kawasaki Velodrome.

Be sure to check out how you can receive a special gift at the Kawasaki Velodrome!

The Recommended Model Course for Touring Kawasaki

1) Visit The Fujiko · F · Fujio Museum

First, head to the museum where you can enter the magical world of Fujiko · F · Fujio, the manga artist whose many famous works include "Doraemon" and "Perman". Among the myriad of items displayed are precious original drawings that can only be seen here! The theater showing videos exclusive to this location and a cafe offering an adorable original menu are also popular.

"Doraemon" walks in Ikuta Ryokuchi, surrounded by a rich natural environment.
"Doraemon" walks in Ikuta Ryokuchi, surrounded by a rich natural environment.
Get original items at the museum shop!
Get original items at the museum shop!
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Basic information on Fujiko · F · Fujio Museum

Address
2-8-1 Nagao, Tama-ku, Kawasaki City
Access
From Noborito Station on the Odakyu or JR Nanbu Lines, a direct shuttle is operated by Kawasaki City Bus.
*Running about every 10 minutes, it takes 9 minutes to arrive from the station.
Tel
0570-055-245
Business hours
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
(Admission is completely by reservations booked 4 times a day: 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. *Advance-sales tickets are available on the 30th day of each month, 2 months prior to the desired visiting day, only at Lawson stores.)
Closed
Tuesdays, end-of-year and New Year holidays
Admission
¥1,000 (Adults), ¥700 (High school and junior high school students), ¥500(Children). Children under 3 are free.
WEB
URL(English)

2) Take a Dip in Jomon Natural Hot Spring, Shiraku no Yu

After enjoying the world of popular cartoon characters, why not relax at a hot spring? The Jomon Natural Hot Spring, Shiraku no Yu, offers visitors the chance to enjoy 100% natural hot spring water gushing from their own spring 1,300 meters below. When you finish your bath, I recommend having lunch at Shiraku-Tei, an authentic Japanese restaurant. Focusing on soba noodles and seasonal ingredients has made their menu popular.

The outdoor bath, surrounded by natural rocks and wood
The outdoor bath, surrounded by natural rocks and wood
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Basic information on Jomon Natural Hot Spring, Shiraku no Yu

Address
4-314-1 Tsukagoshi, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa
Access
6 minutes on foot from Yakou Station on the JR Nanbu Line
Tel
044-533-8888
Business Hours
From 10:00 am to 12:00 am
*Every 3rd Wednesday, except for August: from 3:00 pm to 12:00 am.
Closed
Open every day
Admission
On weekdays: Adults: ¥970, Children (age 5 and over): ¥590
On Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays: Adults: ¥1,150, Children: ¥790
Accepted credit cards
American Express, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
WEB
URL(Japanese)

3) Stroll Kawasaki Ginza and Kawasaki Ginyu Shopping Streets

Once you've warmed up your body at the hot spring, head to Kawasaki Station, where you can enjoy strolling and shopping. There are many shopping arcades in front of the east exit of the station. Since they are completely covered, even the rain won't stop you from having fun shopping! Feel the lively atmosphere of these streets as you visit the shops loved by the locals, from drugstores to restaurants.

With so many shops lined up, you can buy what you want and grab a bite, too!
With so many shops lined up, you can buy what you want and grab a bite, too!
Kawasaki Ginyu Shopping Street boasts a 15-meter stained glass entrance!
Kawasaki Ginyu Shopping Street boasts a 15-meter stained glass entrance!

4) Visit Kawasaki Daishi Temple

After you've finished shopping, head for Kawasaki Daishi, a temple famous for warding off evil spirits. Many people also come here for the first temple visit of the New Year. First, pay your respects at the main temple hall. I recommend taking a commemorative photo in front of the beautiful, vividly colored octagonal pagoda!

Kawasaki Daishi is always bustling with visitors!
Kawasaki Daishi is always bustling with visitors!
Follow the rules to purify yourself before entering the temple.
Follow the rules to purify yourself before entering the temple.
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Basic information on Kawasaki Daishi Temple

Address
4-48 Daishi-machi, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki City
Access
8 minutes on foot from Kawasaki Daishi Station on the Tokyu Daishi Line
Tel
044-266- 3420
Hours
Please check the official Web site for details.
Closed
Open every day
WEB
URL (English)

5)Feel the Thrills at the Kawasaki Velodrome!

For your final destination on this model course, go to the Kawasaki Velodrome. This is where top cyclists compete by riding around a banked track to reach the goal first. Unlike bicycle racing in the Olympic Games, team as well as individual races are held here. Feel the full impact of these thrilling races up close! Even if you don't bet on the races, you can still enjoy watching them while having a meal. Night races are also held from March to November.

It's thrilling to watch bicycle races where speeds top 70 km per hour!
It's thrilling to watch bicycle races where speeds top 70 km per hour!

Valuable Information from the Kawasaki Velodrome!

Show this screen at the Kawasaki Velodrome information desk, and you'll receive a wonderful gift!

Get a wonderful gift!
Get a wonderful gift!

Get Rich Quick on Your Trip? It's Possible! How to Enjoy the Kawasaki Velodrome

1) Predict who will win

The Keirin bicycle races hold both individual and team competitions. Between 2 and 4 racers form a team called a "line" and work together to win. Before the first race, the cyclists circle the banked track in a line formation to show off their legs. This is called Ashi-mise in Japanese. Be sure to observe each racer carefully!

The 9 uniforms are color-coded by the bike number, and the color of the bike shorts indicates the S or A rank.

There are nine types of uniforms. The color of the shorts shows the racer's rank.
There are nine types of uniforms. The color of the shorts shows the racer's rank.

2) Fill out the Mark Sheet

Once you predict who will win, write it down on the mark sheet. While there are various ways to bet, it's easy for beginners to choose “nishafuku”, or the first two finishers, regardless of their order of arrival.

Fill out the mark sheet to place your bet
Fill out the mark sheet to place your bet

3) Purchase the Betting Ticket

Purchase your ticket from the vending machine. After inserting your money, put in the mark sheet to buy your betting ticket.

Don't forget to take your betting ticket!
Don't forget to take your betting ticket!

4) Enjoy the Races!

觀Now you can enjoy watching the races! There are private rooms where groups can reserve seats. If you want to take your time and watch the races carefully, the Main Stand Royal Seat (¥3000) is recommended.

The Main Stand Royal Seat (¥3000)
The Main Stand Royal Seat (¥3000)
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Basic information on Kawasaki Velodrome

Address
2-1-6 Fujimi, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa
Access
15 minutes on foot from JR Kawasaki Station or Tokyu Kawasaki Station
* A free shuttle bus runs from bus stop 21 at the East Exit of JR Kawasaki Station.
Tel
044-233-5501
Hours
Please check the official Web site for the race schedule and closed days.
Admission
¥100 (When races are held)
WEB
URL(Japanese)

That wraps up my introduction to visiting Kawasaki on the 1-day model course. Come to Kawasaki, so close to the center of Tokyo and full of fun places to visit!