Topic: Sun 5 Apr: Famous Kanamara Fertility Festival in Kawasaki かなまら祭り (+Costco)  (Read 2956 times)

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UPDATES (更新): All details included now - read carefully. Meet at 10am across road from Kawasaki-daishi station (川崎大師駅) at Sunkus convenience store.

Its a small town shrine so do not expect a lot - procession is very small! The shrine area is interesting but too many people so can't move around to see things. Would be better with stalls outside on the road where there is better access.
But its worth going once...Not much to see going early (too crowded as well) so I would say go 30 minutes before the procession. The route is important to know as it goes out of the shrine, straight across the road and along some way. Then left to the station. A sharp turn back on another road to the temple, a U-turn there and back tot he shrine. It is possible to see it 3 times.
Near the temple there is a convenience store that sells 150yen fresh coffee - dont waste money anywhere else.
The temple is definitely worth a visit - interesting old shop street leading to it and cherry blossom inside at this time.
Title & Date (タイトル, 日付): Sun 5 April: World Famous Kanamara Fertility Festival in Kawasaki かなまら祭り (+Costco)

10am-10.10am meeting.
Walk around route to shrine and look at street stalls etc. Go and eat/drink or walk in park.
12-1pm watch parade.
Then walk to Costco. Maybe more than 1 member there with a card. You can buy cheese very cheaply, pizza, hiking apple/oat snack bars, good bread. Oats are very cheap, dried fruit, coffee.
Maybe go park if people interested.... hot spiced wine.

It was on a BBC list of  unusual 'must see' festivals around the world. We could also go to to Costco in Kawasaki  - shopping and cheap pizza.
Probably  3 hours enough for the festival.The Kanamara Matsuri, also called Festival of the Steel Phallus, or in layman's term "Penis festival", is an annual Shinto fertility festival held in Kawasaki, Japan in spring. The penis forms the central theme of the event that's reflected everywhere; in illustrations, candy, carved vegetables, decoration, a parade of mikoshis, etc.

The Kanamara Matsuri is centered around a local penis-venerating shrine, once popular among prostitutes who wished to pray for protection  against sexually transmitted diseases. Today, the festival is used to raise money for HIV research. There's also a legend of a demon that hid inside a young girl and castrated two young men on their wedding nights before a blacksmith fashioned an iron phallus that was used to break the demon's teeth, leading to the enshrinement of the item.

Other attractions include locals carving penises out of daikon (radish), children and young women sitting astride penis-shaped seesaws for good  luck and fertility blessings, as well as a seated banquet in the compound of Wakamiya Hachimangu shrine where the phallic radishes are  auctioned. All are welcome to take part in the festival's parade and banquet, which includes dancing and karaoke singing.
 Many revellers, Japanese and foreigners alike, turn out in kimono, Edo period attire or drag for this two-day event of phallic fun which is also attended by many of the area's community leaders and civic dignitaries.

Travel Details, Meeting Time & Place (旅行の詳細, 集合時間と場所)

South Exit of Kawasaki-daishi Station  (川崎大師駅) on the Keikyu Line @ 10am.
Meet outside the Sunkus convenience store across the road next to the 'Central' red building (looks like pachinko).,139.7271107,15z

Andy 090 3346 7854

Some train details - JR Kawasaki to Keikyu Kawasaki and to Kawasakidaishi station:


After the parade we can walk through the Daishi park and to Coscto.... 2km or 25 minute walk. After that maybe hot spiced wine possible in park.,+Kawasaki-shi,+Kawasaki-ku,+Ikegamishinch%C5%8D,+3+Chome%E2%88%921+%E7%A5%9E%E5%A5%88%E5%B7%9D%E7%9C%8C%E5%B7%9D%E5%B4%8E%E5%B8%82%E5%B7%9D%E5%B4%8E%E5%8C%BA%E6%B1%A0%E4%B8%8A%E6%96%B0%E7%94%BA%EF%BC%93%E4%B8%81%E7%9B%AE%EF%BC%91%EF%BC%8D%EF%BC%94+%EF%BC%A3%EF%BC%AF%EF%BC%B3%EF%BC%B4%EF%BC%A3%EF%BC%AF%E5%B7%9D%E5%B4%8E/@35.5289335,139.7200986,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x601860dbe8162d6f:0xcce3f6d293e6c78f!2m2!1d139.726168!2d35.53565!1m5!1m1!1s0x601866d58dcbb35b:0x962242603dc793a!2m2!1d139.732485!2d35.522268!3e2,139.7291376,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x601866d58dcbb35b:0x962242603dc793a

Cost (費用)
Train fare - no organizer fee as its social event

When: First Sunday in April (this year: April 5th 2015).
Where: Kanayama Shrine on the grounds of Wakamiya Hachimangu Temple, Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan.
Time: 11am to around 4pm (arrive by 10am if you want to wander around before the bulk of the crowds). The parade takes place from around 12:00-13:30. Other activities conclude around the same time, although the stalls remain open and phallus items are around for more picture taking.
Access: Kawasaki-Daishi train station on the Keikyu Daishi Line. Take the south exit. Upon exiting, you’ll see a Sunkus convenience store across the road. Take the street to the right and the shrine is just a minute or so on foot on the right hand side. Just follow the crowds.
From Shinagawa (Tokyo), take the Keikyu Main Line to Keikyu Kawasaki (around 10 mins on the Rapid Ltd. Exp. or around 25 mins on the local service) and change to the Keikyu Daishi Line (5 mins). Total fare ¥240.
Entry: Free.

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« Last Edit: Mon Apr 06, 2015, 12:04 AM by Andy »


I'm in, looks fun!  (Newbie here, btw, hi!) :)


I'm in.  ;)
« Last Edit: Wed Apr 01, 2015, 05:49 AM by Sonoko »


Hi all,

by chance i am in the area with some family freinds, so i wont be joinging you directly, but if we have time we probably will be around. So may bump into you all.

If not see you at the next event.



I should be available for this.

I will need to confirm for definite nearer the time (depends if I can catch up on a few jobs I have to get done).

Best Regards


Shaun the Sheep


I'd like to join with you.

Kind regards


I wanted to go, but I cannot make it.   :(
« Last Edit: Sat Apr 04, 2015, 10:59 PM by Sonoko »