The southern portion of the area is facing Tokyo bay and has long been the base for logistics and industry. It is where the Tokaido, logistic road connecting Kyoto and Tokyo, was laid during the Edo period (1603-1868). Even today, there is signage as well as museums such as the Tokaido Kawasaki Inn Exchange Center (Tokaido Kawasaki Shuku Koryukan) along this road which shows it was the old Tokaido.
As for tourist destinations, the Kawasaki-daishi Temple in Kawasaki city is a famous prayer spot. In addition, there are places where visitors can enjoy nature such as Sankeien Garden, Yamashita Park, and Harbor View Park from which the harbor is visible. Osanbashi, the boarding area for cruise ships, also offers a beautiful view fitting for a port town. Because Yokohama was a port town, Japan’s largest Yokohama Chinatown is also located there.
In addition, there is the Cup Noodle Museum where visitors can make their own customized Cup Noodles with their choice of ingredients, the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum where ramen shops from around the nation are represented, and unique museums such as Yokohama Anpanman Children Museum & Mall, featuring one of Japan’s popular children’s cartoon characters.
The JR Yokohama Station and JR Kawasaki Station are located next to each other and are approximately 10 minutes by Tokaido Honsen Line. Kawasaki Station is also located just 10 minutes by train from JR Shinagawa Station, and 20 minutes by train from Haneda Airport, and is a convenient base for travelers visiting the Kanto region.