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Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT: An Attractive Place to Work, Live, Eat and Play

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2016-03-04



 Located about halfway between Tokyo and Yokohama, the city of Kawasaki belongs to the greater Tokyo district: the largest political, social and economic hub of Japan. Kawasaki is a lively city, with excellent traffic access and a comfortable living environment. As such, Kawasaki’s population has been growing steadily over the past decade, marking the highest growth rate among the 12 government- designated cities of Japan, to top the 1.47 million mark in October, 2015.

 Although there are quite a few good places to shop in Kawasaki, recently popular is Lazona Kawasaki Plaza. Directly connected to the west exit of JR Kawasaki Station, this large-scale commercial facility houses almost 330 stores, from highly fashionable select item shops through to restaurants serving delicious cosmopolitan dishes, as well as a cinema complex. Lazona’s 60 meter diameter “Plaza” is also a well-preferred gathering spot among citizens, holding around 200 live events of renowned artists throughout the year.

 

Lazona Kawasaki Plaza

Lazona Kawasaki Plaza

Lazona Kawasaki Plaza

 On the east side of Kawasaki Station, meanwhile, is La Cittadella. Tthis entertainment zone took its design motif after Italy’s hill town,  and has an array of fine eateries and boutiques, one of the largest cinema complexes in the greater Tokyo area, live concert halls, and a wedding chapel. In rain or shine, people also enjoy playing on the all-weather, enclosed five-a-side (mini soccer) court, complete with a café for something to eat and drink during a break. 

La Cittadella

La Cittadella

La Cittadella

 Located almost in the center of the greater Kawasaki area is Musashi Kosugi. Here, various train lines crisscross from the heart of Tokyo and elsewhere, including the JR Nanbu Line, JR Yokosuka Line, Tokyu Toyoko Line, Tokyu Meguro Line, Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line, Tokyo Municipal Subway Mita Line and the Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line. Consequently, its city facilities have been consolidated in recent years, and tower apartments and office buildings of large corporations have risen up in the neighborhood or directly linked to the station. Especially unique is the city library, which also is connected to the station,  received well among the citizens for offering access on the way home after work.


Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT: Its Unique Accommodations

 Cafés, restaurants, accommodation and amenity facilities are now being constructed in the Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT area, according to the blueprint of a college campus where researchers can move around freely and enjoy their time at work and play.

 Convenient, reasonably-priced city hotels and business hotels are also located around Kawasaki Station, with the new addition of casual accommodation where you can stay as you please, that also offer good food and music typical of Kawasaki. Together with the increasing number of foreign travelers, more places to stay are likely to be established, responding to the needs of today’s travelers.

Picture provided by ON THE MARKS TOKYO / KAWASAKI

Picture provided by ON THE MARKS TOKYO / KAWASAKI

Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT: Its Neighborhood Nature and Cultural Facilities

 Close to Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT are numerous attractive natural settings and cultural facilities that can be reached within minutes.

 Sweetfish swim up the Tama River - once a polluted stench flowing between Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT and the Haneda International Airport – to breed in its now clean waters. Cleared of all pollutants, Tama River’s tidal mud flats close to the river mouth now serve as home to many creatures.

 

Tama River
Tama River

 Further north is the Ikuta Ryokuchi Park. Characterized by its lustrous greenery, this is where precious species such as fireflies hatch and breed. In the same location is the Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum, an outdoor museum of 25 traditional folk houses from the bygone days, out of which seven are designated by the Japanese Government as important cultural assets.  

Ikuta Ryokuchi Park
Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum

 From modern to pop, there also are various art and cultural facilities for you to enjoy in Kawasaki City. Topping the list is the MUZA Kawasaki Symphony Hall, a music concert hall incorporating a state-of-the-art, superb sound system that is highly praised by the world’s leading musicians. Fujiko F. Fujio Museum, meanwhile, reproduces the world of Fujiko F. Fujio, the creator of the internationally popular manga/anime character “Doraemon.” There also is the Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, where you can enjoy the vivid colors and dynamism of the paintings, sculptures and furniture created by this world-renowned artist who was born in Kawasaki.

MUZA Kawasaki Symphony Hall
Taro Okamoto Museum of Art
Fujiko F. Fujio Museum
Fujiko F. Fujio Museum

Night Factory Scenery

 A dramatic night scene spreads before your eyes, as numerous factories in the coastal area light up after dusk. It has become a popular tourist spot in recent years, with sightseeing buses and houseboats making regular rounds of observation trips.