Nakayama Hokekyoji | the Wonderful Viewing Sakura Spot
Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple
is one of the most popular viewing Sakura spots in Ichikawa City
. There are many cherry trees planted in the temple and it is very crowded
with people who enjoy seeing fully blooming cherry blossoms.
Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple has four nationally important cultural properties such as Soshido
and Nakayama Daibutsu
were built in Edo period
. And Shogyoden
was designed by Chuta Ito
, a famous architect in Japan. The people could see the cultural properties
in it and its branch temples and cherry blossoms simultaneously, it must
be amazing experiences for them.
Moreover, cherry blossoms usually begin blooming a few days later than
they do in Tokyo
, then, people living in Ichikawa could enjoy viewing sakura twice in every
Why don't you visit Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple in spring to see cherry blossoms?
Nakayama is on your way to Tokyo from the Narita International Airport.
In spring, thousands of visitors pass through the Niomon Gate
and enjoy seeing the cherry blossom. They could find amazing views behind the gate.
At the end of the approach road of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple, visitors
find a five-story pagoda. This is Hokekyoji Gojunoto
designated as the important cultural property by the National Government.
And it is a popular landmark that visitors take pictures.
There are many cherry trees in front of Hokekyoji Soshido
and visitors could enjoy their wonderful experiences while they walk on
the approach road to it since they are covered with millions of cherry
blossoms in Spring.
There are many cherry trees planted in Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple, and
they are decorated some architectures such as Nakayama Daibutsu
, the statue of Nichijo
, the stone pagoda, Shogyoden
Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple is the grand head temple, so it has many branch
temples near it. Chisenin, Onjuin
and Honkoji Temple are standing along the approach road, Hongyoin Temple
is near Ryuoike
is in the north and Seisuiji Temple is in the east of the temple. Every
temple have a few cherry trees and they create dramatic views.
The Location and Access to Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple
Nakayama Hokekyouji Temple
2-10-1 Nakayama, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-pref, Japan
- Nakayama Hokekyouji Temple has a great accessibility from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
- From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Keisei-Nakayama Sta, take minimally 40 minutes from Narita Airport. And also take JR Sobu-exoress line, transfer the line at Funabashi to Sobu-Local line, get off Shimousa-Nakayama Sta.
- From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Keisei-Nakayama Sta.
- From Tokyo Sta, take Sobu-Express line bound to Chiba or Narita, transfer the line to Sobu-Local line bound to Chiba, Tsudanuma, or Nishi-Funabashi at Ichikawa Sta, get off Shimousa-Nakayama Sta.
- From Akihabara Sta, take Sobu line bound to Chiba, get off Shimousa-Nakayama Sta.
- Take 1 minute walk from Keisei-Nakayama Sta, and take 5 minutes walk from Shimousa-Nakayama Sta.
The Landmarks in Nakayama Hokekyouji Temple
Takikyakuden is the main hall of Hokekyoji and it has the business office and Kishibojindo Hall dedicated to the goddess of children on the end of the long corrido of the main hall.
In spring, there is millions of cherry blossoms in Hokekyoji and in summer, lotus blooms on ryuo-ike pond. In fall, there are beautiful colored leaves. Every season, visitors could enjoy seeing the sights.
It is characterized the twin hip-and-gable roof structure (hiyoku-irimoya-style), and hengaku written by Koetsu Honami hangs in front.
It was built in early Edo period (1622) by request of Koshitsu Honami supported by Maeda Family in Kaga.
It was built in Kamakura period.
It was moved from Aizen-dou in Kamakura 700 years ago.
It was designed by the famous architect Chuta Ito, it stores many scripts
written by the Founder Nichiren.
It enshrines Kiyomasa Kato, one of the most famous daimyo in Sengoku period.
From Nov 1 to Feb 10, hundreds of Buddhist priests practice severly every year.
The henguku hunged in front of the gate was written by Koetsu Honami, famous artist in Momoyama Period.
It was built for worshipping Jurasetsunyo, Kishibozin, Daikokusama.
It is also called Sou-mon (the main gate).
The founder Nichiren built the small shrine to dedicate the dragon god to pray for rain.
It enshrins Ugazin who is the guardian deity of Hokekyou-ji Temple.
It dedicates Hokushin Myouken Star that the Chiba Family deeply believed in , Hokekyoji traditionally succeeds. In November, Tori-no-ich is held in the site to dedicate the star.
The founder Nichiren preached first time at the Toki's castle called Wkakamiya Yakata. And Toki built a temple 'Hokkeji', it is the origin of Oku no In.
It was built in 1719 by famous caster Ota Suruga-no-kami in Kanda. It is the bigest great Buddha in Chiba prefecture.
Nichijo was the first abbot of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple and Naki Icho is a gingko tree having a sad legend.
There are some other landmarks in Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple.
Koetsu Honami specially remained his calligraphy in Hokekyo-ji Temple, and Shiki Masaoka, Kafu Nagai discribed it well.
The Popular Viewing Sakura Spot / Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple
Cherry blossoms in Hokekyoji are amazingly wonderful.
There are some noted spots, Kaii Higashiyama Memorial Hall and so on, near Hokekyoji.