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Let's Go To Ichikawa Shichifukujin By Bicycle!

大野山浄興寺の毘沙門天像妙正寺の寿老人と福禄寿像法華経寺奥ノ院の弁財天像所願寺の恵比寿像
Visiting Shichifukujin (the seven gods for good fortune) is very popular among Japan. It is popular in Ichikawa City, too. The temples where dedicate Shichifukujin stand in north and middle parts of the city, it means that it is little bit wide to visit in one day on foot. But, by bicycle, it is very easy to visit as in one day trip. The total distance to go them is less than 17 kilo-meters long. It is good for cycling in a day. Therefore, I suggest an idea how to visit them by bicycle in this page. Moreover, it is good for you to ride an electrically assisted bicycle to go on the route since there are some hills in northern parts of Ichikawa City. And spring is the best season for you to enjoy visiting Shichifukujin in Ichikawashi since there are some noted spots for seeing sakura blossoms, and of course, they are also introduced in this page. Please enjoy cycling.

A slide video showing Ichikawa Shichifukujin in spring is below. Please watch it.



The Temples Dedicating Ichikwa
Shichifukujin (the seven gods for
good fortune)
The Temples Distance
Bishamonten in Kokubunji 0.00
Ebisuten in Shoganji 2.90
Daikokuten in Honshoji 6.16
Bishamonten in Jokoji 7.53
Fukurokuju and Jurojin in Myoshoji 10.65
Benzaiten in Nakayama Okunoin 12.66
Hoteison in Anyoji 16.91


The order is based on the report page of Ichiakwa Shichifukujin in the web site of Ichikawashi. It is very reasonable to visit all in a day.

Now, it starts from the remains of Shimousa Kokubunji or Kokubunsan Kokubunji Temple.
国分山国分寺の毘沙門天像桜の花に囲まれた国分山国分寺の仁王門
河津桜と国分山国分寺の仁王門桜の花と国分山国分寺本堂

The first temple is Kokubunsan Kokubunji that dedicates the statue of Bishamonten. In spring, some cherry blossoms decorate the red niomon gate beautifully.
Now, you go out of a parking space of Kokubunji and turn to the left, then you turn to the right at the signboard of the temple on its fence and go on the road, you reach at traffic signals on 'Ichikawa Kita IC Minami' cross.
市川北IC南交差点

You go across the cross and you find a small river called Kokubungawa River and you turn to the right and go along the river. Soon after you find Ichikawa Subaru High School on your left along the river, it joins to Mamagawa River. Next you turn to the left and go along Mamagawa River under lined cherry trees, so it is one of the most popular spots for viewing cherry blossoms in Ichikawashi.
真間川の桜並木昭和学院前の桜並木

And Showa Gakuin School stands both sides of the river, and you pass the school, you reach at two-lanes street, then you turn to the left and climb up a slope road by a bus stop of 'Miyakubo Sakashita'. Now you could find the second temple, Nyoisan Syoganji Temple that dedicates the statue of Ebisuten is behind the bus stop.
所願寺に祀られている恵比寿天像如意山所願寺

After going out of Shoganji, you go down the slope where you had climbed up several minutes ago, and you find a stone steps of Shirahata Jinja Shrine on your left along the slope road.
白幡神社の桜並木1白幡神社の桜並木2

The shrine stands on a cliff and its approach road has lined charry trees that bloom in spring are dramatically beautiful. Now you turn to the left at a corner under the shrine. You go on the road under it several minutes, you find Koenji Temple famous for Choju Fiji (a beautiful wisteria tree).
宮久保山高円寺の長寿藤1宮久保山高円寺の長寿藤2
宮久保山高円寺の長寿藤3宮久保山高円寺の長寿藤4

After passing at Koenji, you go on the road and reach at a forked road. You go to the right, you find a junior high school on your left, then you find a hospital on your right. You go across a traffic signal and go straight, then you turn to the right at an elementary school and turn to the left at the next corner. So you go on the outskirt of the school. And you continue to go straight, you find two large ponds on your left. They are in Kozato Koen Park that has many cherry trees surrounding the two ponds.
こざと公園に舞う水鳥こざと公園に咲く桜の花

You turn to the left and go on the road in between the north and the south pond and climb up the slope road. You find a signboard that tells the direction to the third temple, Kaigensan Honshoji Temple that dedicates the statue of Daikokuten. Soon after you turn to the right, you find Honshoji on your right.
本將寺の案内板本將寺に祀られている大黒天像

Now you go back to the signboard and you turn to the right there, and you turn to the right again at the next traffic signal, then you go down the slope road a few minutes, you find Ichikawa Oono Station before. You pass the station and you climb up the slope road so you find Honkoji Temple on your left and you turn to the right at the traffic signal by the temple. And you go on the road a minute, you find the fourth temple, Oonosan Jokoji dedicating a statue of Bishamonten on your left.
大野山浄興寺にお祀りされている毘沙門天像大野山浄興寺正門

Now you go across the traffic signal where stands in front of the gate of the temple. And you go straight and go across a bridge over JR Musashino Line, you find Manyo Botanical Garden on your left. The garden has some cherry blossoms, but a lined Cherry trees along the steps to the garden is amazingly beautiful.
万葉植物園に咲く山桜万葉植物園前に咲くソメイヨシノ

Anyway, you go out of Jokoji, and turn to the right, and go down the slope road until you find a blue signboard below.
動植物園の案内板

You turn to the right, so you go to the opposite direction of the signboard. You pass through an elevated railroad of JR Musashino Line, and you find Oogashiwagawa River on your left, so you go across the river since it is as safe as you ride on your bicycle, and you continue to go along the river. After several minutes, you find a bus stop of Ichikawa Higashikoko Iriguchi (near Ichikawa Higashi High School) and Kainohanabashi Bridge (a picture below). Then you turn to the left at the bridge and you find the high school on your right.
かいのはなばし

And you go into a narrow path on an underdrain starting from in front of the main gate of the high school. Anyway, there are many cherry trees lined along the school and the narrow path. In spring, they are very beautiful.
市川東高校周辺の桜並木1市川東高校周辺の桜並木2

Passing by a pond and a baseball ground, you reach at a road, then you turn to the right, then you turn to the right again at the next traffic signal. Now you find the fifth temple, Ryukyosan Myoshoji dedicates two statues, Jurojin and Fukurokuju.
妙正寺の桜と福禄寿像と寿老人像妙正寺に咲くソメイヨシノ

After going out of Myoshoji, you turn to the left, then you turn to the right at the next traffic signal and you climb up the slope road. You reach at a big cross by Nakayama Horse Race. First, you go across the road and stand by the gate of the Horse Race, then you go across it again. Now you stand by parking of it. You go on a road in the parking, you find the gate of Keyaki Park, then you turn to the right and go on 'Okera Kaido'.
中山競馬場前駐車場の道

You go on Okera Kaido Way, you find a signboard of Nakayama Okunoin (a picture upper right in below), you turn to the left. You can see the sixth temple, Nakayama Okunoin dedicates Benzaiten before.
中山奥ノ院案内板中山奥ノ院
中山奥ノ院にお祀りする弁財天像中山奥ノ院本堂と桜
中山奥ノ院に咲く梅の花々1中山奥ノ院に咲く梅の花々2

Okunoin is very famous for ume blossoms, so it has some ume trees in it. From late February to early March, small red and white blossoms paint the temple with sweet smell. It has a few Kawazu Sakura trees.
Now you go back to Okera Kaido way, you continue to go down it, you find a gojunoto on your right, it is Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple. It is one of the most popular spots for viewing sakura blossoms in Ichikawa City.
中山法華経寺に咲く桜の花々1中山法華経寺に咲く桜の花々2
中山法華経寺に咲く桜の花々3中山法華経寺に咲く桜の花々4

Either going through an approach road of Nakayama Hokekyoji or going on the outskirt of it, you could reach at the Niomon Gate, and you go down the slope road running in front of the gate.
中山法華経寺仁王門とヒカンザクラ

Then you pass through the black gate and a railway crossing by Keisei Nakayama Station under the slope and you turn to the right at the cross at the Route 14.
中山法華経寺黒門国道14号標識

And you turn to the left at the second traffic signal, then you go straight and go across Shinkawabashi Bridge over Mamagawa River, so you go on Shinkawa-dori Street, finally you find blue signboard of 新川通り (a picture in below) and turn to the left at it.
市川市標識新川通り看板

You turn to the right at the next traffic signal, and you climb up Ogirihararikkyo over Keiyo Highway. Then you go on the road, and you meet a road running from Baraki Nakayama Station, and you go into the left road and pass through the elevated railroad of Tokyo Metro Tozai Line.
原木中山駅からの合流点の信号東京メトロ東西線の高架

You go on the road a few minute, you find a red building before. It is the seventh temple, Kaigansan Anyoji that dedicates Hoteison.
安養寺にお祀りされている布袋尊像海岸山安養寺本堂

Anyoji is also twelfth temple joining to the 33 Pilgrimages in Gyoto and Urayasu. Now visiting the pilgrimages might be on foot since the most of temples stand near in each other, and you could enjoy seeing Gyotoku and Urayasu.

The trip of 'Let's Go To Ichikawa Shichifukujin By Bicycle!' is over now. You go back to the road and turn to the right at the elevated railroad, then you go along the railroad, you could reach at Tokyo Metro Tozai Line Baraki Nakayama Station. But if you have more time and power, I recommend you to go to the eighth temple, Shokokusan Myououji that dedicates all the seven gods of good fortune in its site.
正国山妙応寺正国山妙応寺の七福神像

Going out of Anyoji, you turn to the left and go on the road, finally you find a highway in front of you.
外環道への合流点1外環道への合流点2

Then you turn to the right and you go along the highway. Over the highway, you could see the bank of Edogawa River. It means that you go along the river. You go across the highway at the third traffic signal and go on the road, and you find a bridge over the river, it is Shingyotokubashi Bridge.
田尻北信号新行徳橋

You climb up a narrow path to the bank under the bridge and climb up the slope to the bridge and go across the river. You could see great views from the bridge. In fine day, you could see Mt. Fuji on your right.
新行徳橋より富士山遠景新行徳橋からの風景

After going down the river, you turn to the right at the third traffic signal, so you go on Teramachi Street (a town with many temples).
行徳寺町通り

You find 4 temples at the next traffic signal. Tokuganji is the first temple of the pilgrimates stands on your right just before you. Myououji is behind it. Jounji that has some interesting stories stands on your left just before you. Choshoji is the third temple of the pilgrimages is behind it.
徳願寺の仁王門と桜徳願寺の鐘楼堂と桜
常運寺長松禅寺

Now, you go back to Teramachi Street and go across the next cross, then you find the elevated railroad of Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, so that is Myoden Station

Thank you for seeing this page!

* This cycling course is only my idea that I usually go there at once by my bicycle. In addition, I suggest as safe road that everybody could ride on. And I'm sorry for you if I miss the direction on this essay, if so, you should use some maps on your smart phone.

The Maps to Visit Ichikawa Shichifukujin

the map of spots near Myoshoji

The map to Shoganji and Myoshoji

PDF of the map of the noted spots along Mama River



Riding on a Bicycle in Nakayama Shimousa



Shichifukujin in Ichikawashi

妙正寺の福禄寿と寿老人と桜

Let's visit to temples having the statues of seven gods of good fortune in Ichikawashi by bicycle!


Ohanami in Ichikawashi

真間山弘法寺のしだれ桜

Let's go to the noted spots for seeing Sakura blossoms in Ichikawa City by bicycle!

Under Construction!

Ohanami in Edogawaku

荒川土手小松川千本桜公園

Let's go to the noted spots for seeing Sakura blossoms in Edogawa City by bicycle! 

Under Construction!


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