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Houmesan Anrakuji Temple

奉免山安楽寺本堂奉免山安楽寺石碑
安楽寺屋根上の菊の御紋安楽寺ガラス戸の菊の御紋
Houmesan Anrakuji Temple is the first nunnery of Nichiren Sect. According to legends, Anrakuji Temple was built by the Princess Tokiwai, a daughter of the Emperor. Then, there are some imperial chrysanthemum emblems on the main hall of Anrakuji Temple. It was built in Kamakura Period little bit after the Founder Nichiren stayed in Nakayama. Moreover, the land name 'Houme' means exemption from taxation since Kamakura Bakufu exempted land tax from this area instead of supporting the princess to live in comfort. The temple stands in a very silent district.
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Houmesan Anrakuji Temple and the Princess Tokiwai

The Legend of the Princess Tokiwai

There is an area named 'Houme' on the north of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple and Houmesan Anrakuji Temple is standing there in Houme.
In Kamakura period, the sea came deep into the center part of Ichikawa city and formed an inlet, so it was a part of Mama no Irie (Mama Bay) that was famous for the legends of Mama no Tekona (the beauty Tekona).
In the reign of the Emperoor of Gofukakusa, two ladies wearing some beautiful kimonos drifted ashore in the bay. One was young and another one seemed to be her attendant. The young lady covered her face with thin silk but her beautiful black hair showed people that she could be a lady of high birth. Then they stayed by the bay. (According the history of Shoganji Temple, they stayed there)
After a while, the rumor of them flew to Kamakura and officers of Kamakura Bakufu investigated specific information about her, and they found that she was a daughter of the Emperor Gofukakusa in Kyoto so she was the Princess Tokiwai no Miya. The officers said that the princess had an incurable disease that many strange abscesses were on her face. She deeply worried about it and she left the Imperial Palace. She took on a small wooden boat. Finally, she was drifted to Shimousa Province.
The officer told that their land tax could be exempted if the villagers would support her life well. Therefore, the district has been called 'Houme' that means 'exemption tax'.
At the same period, the Founder Nichiren stayed in Wakamiya (Nakayama Oku no In)and he held the 100 Day Sermon there. The Princess Tokiwai went to listen to him. When she met him, Nichiren gave her a charm to cure her disease.
The miraculous effect of the charm was great, the Princess Tokiwai was getting better day by day, and she could regain her beautiful face
Later she shaved off her beautiful long black hair and named Nikkoku to be a nun. She also built a temple in Houme so this is the first nunnery of Nichiren Sect, Houmesan Anrakuji Temple.


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The Location and Access to Houmesan Anrakuji Temple

Houmesan Anrakuji Temple

127 Houe-cho, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-ken
  • From Narita International Airport, take JR Sobu-express line, transfer the line at Nishi-funabashi to Musashino Line bound to Fuchuhoncho or Higashi Tokorozawa, get off Funabashi Hoten Sta. And also take Hokuso Line, transfer the line at Higashimatsudo to Musashino Lline, get off Funabashi Hoten Sta or Ichikawa Ono Sta. It takes minimally 50 minutes from Narita Airport.
  • From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, transfer the line at Takasago Sta to Hokuso Line, and transfer the line at Higashi Matsudo Sta to Musashino Line, get off Funabashi Hoten Sta or Ichikawa Ono Sta. It takes almost 1 hour from Haneda Airport.
  • From Tokyo Sta, take Musashino Line bound to Fuchuhoncho or Higashi Tokorozawa, get off Hunabashi Hoten Sta or Ichikawa Ono Sta. It takes about 25 minutes from Tokyo Sta.       
  • From Akihabara Sta, take Sobu line bound to Chiba, Tsudanuma or Nishi Funabashi, Ttransfer the line at Nishi Funabashi to Musashino Line bound to Fuchu Honcho or Higashi Tokorozawa, get off Funabashi Hoten Sta or Ichikawa Ono Sta.      
  • Take 22 minute walk from Funabashi Hoten Sta or Ichikawa Ono Sta.

The Landmarks Neighbor Of Nakayama Hokekyo-ji Temple

Nakayama Okunoin

Nakayama Oku-no-in

Nichiren had preached first time at the Oku-no-in. Later, Jonin Toki built a temple named 'Hokke-ji'. There are several ume trees blooming beautiful ume blossoms in spring silently.
Onjyu-in Temple

Onju-in Temple

Onjuin Temple is famous for the temple to deliver the Nichiren Sect's traditional style of ascetic practices. Tokugawa, Maeda and many people faithfully has believed for ages.

Higashiyama Kaii Memorial Hall

Higashiyama Kaii Memorial Hall

This small gallary has wonderful works of the great painter Kaii Higashiyama, so he lived in Nakayama.
Fujiwara Kannondo Hall

Fujiwara Kannondo Hall

Fujiwara Kannondo Hall has the legend of the great swordsman Mushashi Miyamoto, sometimes it was his hideaway.

Seikaen Garden

Seikaen Garden

A peaceful place to rest on the way to Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple is Seikaen. It has the branch office of the city hall.
Shinmei-ji Temple

Shinmeisha Shrine and Shinmeiji Temple

Shinmeisha Shrine and Shinmeiji Temple have their long history and the legend of Oguri Hangan.

Shogyo-ji Temple

Shogyoji Temple

It preserves the seated statue of Nichiren and Yosobei Kajikawa's mementoes. It also has the side story of The Forty-Seven Ronins.
Ubayama Shell Mound

Ubayama Shell Mound

This shell mound designated as the National Historic Site and was formed from middle to late Jomon period.

Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple

Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple

The sacred temple covered with holy cherry trees is famous for the legend of Seven Sutra Mound and Shichifukujin in Ichikawa.
Homensan Anrakuji Temple

Homensan Anrakuji Temple

The first nunnery of Nichiren Sect built by the Princess Tokiwai, the legend said ther daughter of the Emperor drifted to Ichikawa.

Takaishigami Jinja Shrine

Takaishigami Jinja Shrine

The shrine related to the battles of Konodai in Sengoku Period.
Awa Jinja Shrine

Awa Jinja Shrine

It has the legend of the young samurai Hirotsugu Satomi.

Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine

Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine

A small shrine relates to the Founder Nichiren, Nichijo and the Prince Yamato Takeru.
Tamonin Temple in Nakayama

Tamonin Temple and the Futago Fuji Pond

The temple and the pond related to the Founder Nichiren.

Myoken Jinja Shirne in Terauchi

Myoken Jinja Shrine in Terauchi

It is the guardian deity of this town Kafu Nagai had visited.
Kazura no I well in Katsushika

Kazura no I well in Katsushika

A well became famous as Kafu Nagai introduced in his essay.

Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

It was built in Kamakura period and visitors could enjoy seeing cherry blossoms blooming over some cultural properties in it.
cherry trees along Mamagawa river

Cherry trees along Mamagawa River

The Mama-gawa River is the very famous spot to enjoy seeing the blooming Cherry Blossoms.

cherry trees in Colton Plaza shopping mall

The Area Around Nikke Colton Plaza

Nikke Colton Plaza and some landmarks around are attractive and exciting to walk on.
Sskura in Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

The Popular Viewing Sakura Spot / Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

It is very popular viewing sakura spot and thousands of people visit and enjoy seeing sakura.