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Chokokusan Ankokuji Temple and Myoken Bosatsu

Chokokusan Ankokuji TempleMyokendo Hall and Kishibojindo Hall
Chokokusan Ankokuji Temple is in the residential area in Ichikawa city. The temple has 3 buildings, the main hall, Kishibojindo hall and Myokendo hall. It was built by Nobunori Soya who was one of great supporters of Nichiren, the founder of Nichiren sect in Kamakura period, so the first abbot of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple, the venerable Nichijo, a great supporter Noriakira Ota and he believed Nichiren deeply.
Soya Family is a branch family of Chiba Famliy actively having dominated Shimousa province in the middle ages and Chokokusan Ankokuji Temple was built to pray the prosperity of Chiba Family. Moreover, the statue of Myoken Bosatsu was very famous in Edo period. According to Edo Meisho Zue (a guide book describing Edo in Edo period), it dedicated in Ankokuji Temple was carved on the same piece of wood as it had been dedicated in Senyoji Temple in Chiba city.
Anyway Soya Family ruled this area and it was built on the remains of Soyajo Castle in Kamakura period, and there was the remains of Soyajo Castle in Sengoku period near Chokokusan Ankokuji Temple.

Chokokusan Ankokuji Temple

The main hall of Ankokuji TempleThe Myokendo Hall of Ankokuji Temple

Chokokusan Ankokuji Temple

Chokokusan Ankokuji Temple was built in 1260 by Nobunori Soya, the lord of Soya village since he deeply believed the Founder Nichiren, the founder of Nichiren Sect, and he named the temple after 'Rissho Ankoku Ron' written by Nichiren.
Later Norinobu became a priest and was given his Buddhist name Horen Nichirei by Nichiren. He charged his son Tanetsugu with the family affairs of Soya Family. Nichirei dedicated the statue of Myoken Bosatsu to pray the peace and security of Chiba Clan.
After that he built another temple in Ono in Ichikawa and he moved to it. He named it Soyasan Horenji Temple after his Buddhist name. He passed away in May 1st of 1291.
After Syoa Family was died out in 1456, Ankokuji Temple had fallen into ruin, only Myokendo Hall had stood in. The venerable Nichijun rebuilt the buildings in Chokokusan Ankokuji Temple in 1669.
In April 1774, a Confucian scholar Nankaku Hattori and a calligrapher Useki Matsushita built a small shrine and a torii gate, then they dedicated a statue of Wang Xi-zhi in it. There was a stone frame with his title on the torii gate. And they also built a stone tablet to explain the reason to dedicate him. However, they were destroyed by an awful typhoon in 1791.
The reason for why the shrine of Wang Xi-zhi being built might be the number of visitors to Chokokusan Ankokuji Temple, many of visitors visited Ankokuji and the ruin of Soyajo CastleTemple after they had enjoyed sightseeing at the historic battlefield at Konodai and the legendary place of the Myliad of Leaves, Mama.


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Nobunori Soya (Horen Nichirai) 1223-1291

Soya Family is a samurai family and is a branch family of Chiba Family, so it belongs to Kanmu Heishi Clan. Soya Family had their castle in Soya-go, Yawata-sho, Katsushika-gun, Shimousa Province. In the age of Nobunori, he deeply believed in Nichiren, the founder of Nichiren Sect, and he became a Buddhist priest and he was given the Buddhist name, Horen Nichirei. The venerable Nichijo, the first abbot of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple, Noriakira Ota and Nobunori Soya supported Nichire in Shimousa province together.


Wang Xi-zhi 307-365

Wang Xi-zhi was a Chinese calligrapher from Shantung in Dong Jin Dynasty (317-420). He first became a governmental officer. He was good at calligraphy and he completed three artistic font style, Kaisho, Gyosho and Sosho, so he is called Shosei (The God of Calligraphy). His son Wang Xian-zhi was good at it.
Their font style was transmitted to Japan in Nara period, they were influenced in Japanese classical calligraphy.
There is no his writings, but some copies only exist now.


Nankaku Hattori 1683-1759

Nankaku Hattori was a Confucian and poet from Kyoto in Edo period. First he served Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa, a politician in early Edo period, as a poet and painter. Later he studied at Sorai Ogyu, one of the greatest Confucians in Edo period.



Useki Matsushita 1699-1779

Useki Matsushita was a calligrapher in middle of Edo period, he studied Confucianism at Nankaku Hattori.


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The Location and Access to Chokokusan Ankokuji Temple

Chokokusan Ankokuji Temple

1-35-1 Soya Ichikawa-shi Chiba-ken
  • Chokokusan Ankokuji Temple has great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
  • From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Keisei Yawata Sta. Take Narita Sky Access-line and get off Higashi Matsudo Sta. And also take JR Sobu-express line, transfer the line at Funabashi Sta to Sobu Local line, get off JR Motoyawata Sta. Take minimally 34 minutes from Narita Airport.
  • From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Keisei Yawata Sta. And also take Keikyu-line bound to Shinagawa, transfer the line at Shinagawa to Yokosuka-line bound to Chiba or Narita International Airport, transfer teh line at Ichikawa Sta to Sobu Local line bound to Tsudanuma, Chiba, get off JR Motoyawata Sta.
  • From Both Motoyawata and Keisei Yawata Sta, take Keisei Bus bound to Higashi Matsudo Sta, get off Miyakubo Sakashita or Kaizuka Iriguchi bus stop.
  • From Higashi Matsudo Sta, take Keisei Bus bound to Motoyawata Sta, get off Miyakubo Sakaue or Kaizuka Iriguchi bus stop.
  • Take 10 minute walk from both Miyakubo Sakaue or Kaizuka Iriguchi bus stop.

A Walk on Katsushika Hachimangu Shrine and Yawata

the zuishinmon gate of Hachimangu

Katsushika Hachimangu Shrine

Having long history and the national natural treasure Senbon Icho Tree stands in.
Yabushirazu at Yawata

Yawata no Yabushirazu Shirne

Having some legends in this tiny thicket, many writers introduced it in their masterpieces..

the cherry trees of ShirahataJinja Shrine

Shirahata Jinja Shrine

Very beautiful cherry blossoms along the approach way on the cliff.
plum trees at Shirahata Tenjin Shrine

Shirahata Tenjin Shirine

The shrine has monuments of Kafu Nagai, Rohan Koda and Kaishu Katsu.

wistarias in Koenji Temple in Miyakubo

Miyakubosan Koenji Temple

The noted wisteria trees called Choju Fuji are very popular and beautiful.
Miyonoin Shrine

Miyonoin Shrine

A small shrine standing quietly in residential area Sugano has some legends.

Myokendo Hall in Ankokuji Temple

Chokokusan Ankokuji Temple

The statue of Myoken Bosatsu in it has been very famous since Edo period.
Kabuto no Yashiro Shrine

Kabuto Jinja Shirne

Kabuto Jinja Shiren has some legends about the Kabuto helmet dedicated at.

The house of Yoko Mizuki a senario writer

Home of Yoko Mizuki, a Scenario Writer

Yoko Mizuki was a scenario writer who contributed on the motion picture world in Japan.
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.

the gate of Shinmeiji Temple

Shinmeisha Shrine and Shinmeiji Temple

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