The Port of Kawasaki is an important port of Japan. It is located on the artifical island of Ogishima, facing Tokyo Bay. It is close to Kawasaki’s factory zone and Haneda Airport.

Above, Kawasaki Marien. There is an observatory on the top floor.

Above, BBQ grills at the Higashi-Ogishima Park.

Above, wind towers for the tunnel.

Above, plane landing at Haneda Airport.

Above, Tower of Wind for the Aqua Line.

Above, at the Marien observatory.

Above, view of Tokyo Skytree in the distance.

The Kanamara Matsuri (かなまら祭り, “Festival of the Steel Phallus”), aka the Penis Festival, is a shinto festival celebrating fertility, long marriages and healthy births. It is held each spring at the Kanayama Shrine (金山神社) in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, just south of Tokyo. The penis, as the central theme of the event, is reflected in illustrations, candy, carved vegetables, decorations, and a mikoshi parade.

Above, one of the 3 mikoshi (portable shrines) of the parade. This one is called Elizabeth.

Above, ema plaques for the gods.

Above, lollipops shaped like penises and vaginas.

Above, his sign reads “ai” (love).

Above, beginning of the mikoshi parade.

Above, unfortunately, it started raining during the parade.

Shabu Niku Curry Udon (normal size).

Above, the bowl was very big.

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While I was in Omiya for hanami, I also took the opportunity to visit the Omiya Bonsai Village. It is an area north of Omiya Park known as one of the most outstanding bonsai cultivating areas in Japan. This is where the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum is located, as well as numerous bonsai nurseries. A large bonsai festival is also held every may.

Above, on the way to the Bonsai Art Museum.

Above, bonsai nursery.

Above, bonsai trees at the Bonsai Art Museum.

Omiya Park (大宮公園) is a public park in Omiya, Saitama Prefecture, about 30min north of Tokyo. The park contains many cherry trees, a zoo and a museum. It is also the location of the shinto Hikawa Shrine (氷川神社).

Above, squirrel mascot of the Omiya Ardija, a J-League football team.

Above, torii on the path to the Hikawa Shrine.

Above, Hikawa Shrine.

Above, Omiya Park.

Above, bird in the free zoo inside the park.

Above, giant inflatable daruma doll at the Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Floklore.

Above, turtles in a pond near the shrine.

Asukayama Park is a park located in Oji, Tokyo. It was established by Shogun Yoshimune Tokugawa in the early 18th century to serve as good hanami (cherry blossom viewing) spot for Edo citizens.

Above, pedestrian path along the Takinogawa River, near Oji station.

Above, stairs to the Oji Shrine.

Above, Oji Shrine.

Above, entrance to Asukayama Park.

Above, looking in the direction of the Oji Shrine.

Above, ornamental cabbage.

Above, Kita City Asukayama Museum.

Pizzaburg American Style (time-limited menu), with additional potatoes (small size). More a burger in pizza form, than a mix between the 2: It feels pretty much like a normal burger with a missing bun… More info at Rocket News.

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At the end of the hike to Mount Ougi and Mount Momokura, I went to have a look at the so-called Monkey Bridge (猿橋; Saruhashi), which gave its name to the area of Otsuki surrounding it. It is a wooden bridge spanning the Sagami River and also one of the three unusual bridges of Japan. This page has some details on its construction (and the list of unusual bridges). After the bridge, I went to the nearby Saruhashi Park before going to the train station and back to Tokyo.

Above, on the other side of the Chuo Expressway bridge.

Above, view of Sagami River and Saruhashi Park.

Above, the Monkey Bridge.

Above, view from the bridge.

Above, stairs to the viewpoint in the canyon.

Above, at Saruhashi Park.

Mount Ougi (扇山; Ougiyama; 1138m) and Mount Momokura (百蔵山; Momokurasan; 1003m) are 2 mountains located in Otsuki, in Yamanashi Prefecture. In good weather, they offer great views of Mount Fuji. I went there on a hike a couple of weeks ago. I basically followed this itinerary (in English). From Shinjuku in Tokyo, using the Chuo Line, it takes about 1h30 to reach the start of the hike at Torisawa station (鳥沢駅). It ends at Saruhashi station (猿橋駅).

Above, the paved road to reach the trailhead to Mount Ougi.

Above, the Chuo Expressway.

Above, first glimpse of Mount Fuji.

Above, statue at the trailhead.

Above, there was still a lot of snow on a section of the trail on the way up to Mount Ougi.

Above, Mount Fuji.

Above, summit of Mount Ougiyama.

Above, on the way to Mount Momokura.

Above, summit of Mount Momokura.

Above, on the way down the mountain.

Above, area with a view.

Above, the Chuo Expressway.

Above, parking zone at the end of the trail. From then on, the path follows a paved road.

Above, Saruhashi station is on the other side of this bridge. I actually made a detour to have a look at the Monkey Bridge (猿橋; Saru Hashi) before going to the station.

Above, view of Mount Ougi (right) and Mount Momokura (left) from Saruhashi station.

Kotteri (こってり) ramen.

Above, I also had the gyoza.

Tenkaippin is a chain with many restaurants in Japan.

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