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.
Basic information on Fujiko · F · Fujio Museum
- 2-8-1 Nagao, Tama-ku, Kawasaki City
- 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.
- 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.)
- Tuesdays, end-of-year and New Year holidays
- ¥1,000 (Adults), ¥700 (High school and junior high school students), ¥500(Children). Children under 3 are free.
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.
Basic information on Jomon Natural Hot Spring, Shiraku no Yu
- 4-314-1 Tsukagoshi, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa
- 6 minutes on foot from Yakou Station on the JR Nanbu Line
- Business Hours
- From 10:00 am to 12:00 am
*Every 3rd Wednesday, except for August: from 3:00 pm to 12:00 am.
- Open every day
- 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
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.
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!
Basic information on Kawasaki Daishi Temple
- 4-48 Daishi-machi, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki City
- 8 minutes on foot from Kawasaki Daishi Station on the Tokyu Daishi Line
- 044-266- 3420
- Please check the official Web site for details.
- Open every day
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.
Valuable Information from the Kawasaki Velodrome!
Show this screen at the Kawasaki Velodrome information desk, and you'll receive 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.
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.
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.
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.
Basic information on Kawasaki Velodrome
- 2-1-6 Fujimi, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa
- 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.
- Please check the official Web site for the race schedule and closed days.
- ¥100 (When races are held)
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!