Kawasaki set to change the world and the future.
KING SKYFRONT is an open innovation hub that creates new industry from the world's highest standard R&D. It is located in Tonomachi district of Kawasaki City, south west of Haneda Airport on the opposite shore of the Tama River.
In this area of approximately 40ha, KING SKYFRONT plays an important role in Japanʼs growth strategy by contributing solutions to a variety of issues including health, medicine, welfare, and environment while also creating global businesses in these fields.
The area has been designated as a National Strategic Special Zone, an International Strategic Comprehensive Special Zone, and a Specified Priority Development Area for Urban Renaissance. Using preferential treatment systems – easing restrictions, financial support, taxation support, etc. – are also possible in this area.
"KING" is an acronym for "Kawasaki INnovation Gateway" and reflects the name of the town "Tono-machi" with "Tono" meaning "feudal lord". In addition, "SKYFRONT" is a reference to its close location to Haneda Airport, which connects Japan to the rest of the world, and is just across the Tama River.
KING SKTFRONT is an international strategic zone with an amazing site with every land-sea-and-air route.
On Saturday, March 12, 2022, the "Tamagawa Sky Bridge" connecting Haneda Airport and the Kawasaki waterfront area was opened.
This bridge is the first to connect the mouth of the Tama River to Haneda Airport, the gateway to the world. It also serves as an important infrastructure to support the formation of a hub for strategic growth on both banks of the Tama River by strengthening connections between the area surrounding Haneda Airport and the Keihin waterfront area with the aim of strengthening international competitiveness.
Image of the connection road bridge (view from Haneda Airport side looking upstream along the Tama River)
Area: approx. 0.4㎢ (40ha)
(cf. area of Kawasaki coastal area: approx. 28㎢ (2,800ha),
area of Kawasaki City: approx. 144㎢ (14,400ha)
working population in KING SKYFRONT
* as of March 31, 2019
|approx. 4,700 persons(cf. population of Kawasaki City; approx. 1.5 million)|
|The nearest station, bus stop and IC||
- approx. 12 minutes on foot from Kojima-Shinden Station on Keikyū-Daishi Line
- approx. one minute from bus stop "KING SKYFRONT Iriguchi (Entrance)"
- bus stop "Tonomachi" in KING SKYFRONT
- bus stop "KING SKYFRONT Nishi (West)" in KING SKYFRONT
- bus stop "KING SKYFRONT Higashi (East)" in KING SKYFRONT
- approx. one minute by car from Tonomachi IC
Number of institutions
* as of April 1, 2022
|Major industrial fields of the institutions||health, medicine, welfare, and environment|
|Businesses of the institutions||pharmaceutical, drug discovery, drug-discovery support / contract manufacturing, chemical / fiber, environment / energy, medical / diagnosis, medical device and equipment, university / research institution, medical / testing institution, public office / local government, incorporated administrative agency, management and operation of incubation facility, etc.|
|Support system of national government for the formulation of the zone||
- International Strategic Comprehensive Special Zone
- Specified Priority Development Area for Urban Renaissance
- National Strategic Special Zone
|year and month||major event|
|July 1938||Started operation of Tokyo Automobile Industries Co., Ltd. Kawasaki Plant (later Isuzu Motors Ltd. Kawasaki Factory)|
|March 2001||Urban Renaissance Agency acquired land (approx. 18.6ha) from Isuzu Motors Ltd.|
|October 2002||Designated as "Urban Renaissance Emergency Development Area"|
|March 2004||Yodobashi Camera Co., Ltd. acquired land (approx. 18.2ha) from Isuzu Motors Ltd.|
|May 2004||Isuzu Motors Ltd. moved production operation from Kawasaki Factory to Fujisawa and Tochigi.|
|March 2011||Named "KING SKYFRONT".|
|December 2011||Designated as "International Strategic Comprehensive Special Zone (Keihin Coastal Area Life Innovation International Strategic Comprehensive Zone)"|
|January 2012||Designated as "Specified Priority Development Area for Urban Renaissance"|
|May 2014||Designated as "National Strategic Special Zone"|
|May 2015||Determined construction of connection roads from KING SKYFRONT to Haneda Airport|
|March 2017||Decided the extension period of "International Strategic Comprehensive Special Zone (Keihin Coastal Area Life Innovation International Strategic Comprehensive Zone)"|
|February 2018||Establishment of “KING SKYFRONT Network Council” composed of local organizations|
|March 2022||Opening of Tamagawa Sky Bridge (connection to Haneda)|
Totally new lifestyle-hotel where you can enjoy not only your stay but also “river-side life” including cycling and jogging. Offering refreshment facilities such as fitness room and public bath with a view of the Tama River, and restaurant with a night view of Haneda Airport.
Tonomachi Dai2 Park
Cycling and jogging road
A dramatic night view of the factory zone 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.
One of the biggest temples of the Chisan School of Shingon Buddhism. Very famous as miracle-working “Yakuyoke” (warding off evil), that leads people away from disaster. Approximately 300 million people from all over Japan pay the first visit of the year. “Furin-Ichi” (Wind-Bell-Market), held in July and features approximately 30,000 wind chimes (approximately 900 kinds) collected from all over Japan, makes citizens enjoy the summer with a cooling breeze.
Large-scale commercial facility, directly connected to the west exit of JR Kawasaki. Approximately 330 tenants have gathered including highly sensitive exclusive shops, large-scale shops, several shops of fresh foods and daily dish, restaurants which satisfy the wide-ranging needs, and cinema complex. Provides approximately 200 live events, throughout the year, of famous artists at “Lufa Plaza” with a diameter of approximately 60 meters.
Music hall, three minutes’ walk from the west exit of JR Kawasaki Station, with outstanding acoustic space. Boast one of the biggest pipe organ in Japan, 360-degree spiral audience seats surrounding the stage, and rich and mellow sound that overseas top artists heap praise on. Offering wide range of programs from concerts of world-level orchestras to ones that high quality music can be easily enjoyed.
Kawasaki Shuku was established in 1623 to reduce the burden on Tenma (post-horses) traveling between Shinagawa Shuku and Kanagawa Shuku.Starting from the two towns of Shinshuku and Isago, the Kawasaki Shuku consisted of four villages including Kunezaki and Kotoro.
Tokaido Kawasaki Shuku Koryukan features video displays and models of the streets of Kawasaki Shuku and allows you to experience the history and culture of Kawasaki City. It is also a great place to take a rest after strolling through the streets.
Kawasaki Ukiyo-e Gallery exhibits valuable Ukiyo-e and rare Nikuhitsu-ga (Japanese hand-drawn paintings in Ukiyo-e style) that are highly acclaimed both in Japan and abroad as well as works related to the city and prefecture. It is directly connected to the north exit of Kawasaki Station.
Kawasui Kawasaki Aquarium opened on the 9th and 10th floors of “Kawasaki LeFRONT,” a commercial facility located in front of Kawasaki Station, in July 2020 as a new entertainment-based aquarium where you can experience beautiful waterfront zones from around the world with all five senses.Kawasui has developed unique cutting-edge technologies to recreate a diverse range of creatures, allowing you to experience the wonder and excitement of the natural world. One-minute walk from the East Exit of JR Kawasaki Station. Also features a relaxing café-restaurant.