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Nakayama is between Narita And Haneda International Airport

中山・下総・散歩道

Nakayama Hokekyoji | the Wonderful Viewing Sakura Spot

Nakayama Hokekyoji Templethe Niomon in Nakayama Hokekyoji Soshido in Nakayama Hokekyoji TempleGojunoto in Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple Nakayama DaibutsuHodenmon Gate in Nakayama Hokekyoji
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, Gojunoto, Hokkedo and Yonsokumon, Niomon, Satsudo 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 year.
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.

Cherry Blossoms at the Niomon Gate in Nakayama Hokekyoji

In spring, thousands of visitors pass through the Niomon Gate and enjoy seeing the cherry blossom. They could find amazing views behind the gate.The Deva Gate with the cherry blossoms The cherry blossoms with the Nio-moncherry blossoms over the roof of NiomonNiomon Gate and cherry blossoms sakura and Niomon Gate full of cherry blossoms in front of Niomon cherry trees along the approach cherry blossoms along the approach road cherry blossoms blooming over the approach full blooming cherry blossoms at Niomon viewing sakura from Honkoji Temple The Cherry Blossoms at Nio-mon The Cherry Blossoms through Nio-monThe cherry blossoms on approch

Cherry Blossoms and the Five-Story Pagoda in Nakayama Hokekyoji

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.
the five-story pagoda from the approach the five-story pagoda and cherry blossoms the five-story pagoda from the approach gojyu-no-to and cherry blossoms Gojunoto above the cherry blossoms the five-story pagoda and cherry blossoms gojyu-no-to and cherry blossoms over the roof gojyu-no-to in cherry blossoms

Hokekyoji Soshido and Cherry Blossoms

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. Hokekyoji Soshico under the blue sky sakura and Hokekyoji Soshico sakura between the gojunoto and the soshido sakura behind the Soshido in Nakayama sakura blooming by the Soshido 真横からの法華経寺祖師堂 the approach and cherry blossoms cherry trees in front of Soshico cherry trees standing near Soshico full blooming cherry blossoms in Hokekyoji Soshi-do and cherry blossoms Soshi-do in cherry blossoms twin hip-and-gable roof structure and cherry blossoms Hokekyo-ji and cherry blossoms

The Landmarks and the Cherry Blossoms in Nayakama Hokekyoji

There are many cherry trees planted in Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple, and they are decorated some architectures such as Nakayama Daibutsu, the statue of Nichijo, Hodenmon, the stone pagoda, Shogyoden and Hokkedo.
Nakayama Daibutsu in cherry blossomsthe statue of the venerable Nichijo the stone pagoda in cherry blossoms Hodenmon Gate and the stone pagoda Shogyoden in cherry blossoms cherry blossoms in woods cherry blossoms, woods and the sky cherry blossoms behind Aragyodo Hall sakura by Hokkedo hall a weeping cherry tree by Hokkedo Hall

Cherry Blossoms in the Branch Temples in Nakayama Hokekyoji

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, Okunoin 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.
cherry blosssoms in Chisenin cherry blossoms around the gate of Onjuin cherry blossoms and Aragyodo in Onjuin viewing sakura from Onjuin viewing sakura in Honkoji from the approachviewing sakura in Honkoji by the gate a weeping cherry tree in Honkoji Templecherry blossoms in Honkoji and the approach viewing sakura in Okunoin from the roadcherry blossoms by the red gate in Okunoin cherry blossoms in Nakayama Okunoincherry trees by the main hall cherry blossoms in Hongyoincherry blossoms in Seisuiji

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

the main building

Honin(Taikyakuden)・Kishibojindo(Sonshindo)

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.
cherry blossoms in Hokekyou-ji

The Four Seasons In Hokekyoji

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.

Soshi-dou, important cultural property

Soshido(Daido), the nationally important cultural property

It is characterized the twin hip-and-gable roof structure (hiyoku-irimoya-style), and hengaku written by Koetsu Honami hangs in front.
gojyu-no-tou, important cultural property

Goju-no-to (the five-story pagoda) , the nationally important cultural property

It was built in early Edo period (1622) by request of Koshitsu Honami supported by Maeda Family in Kaga.

Yon-soku-mon, important cultural property

Yon-soku-mon (the nationally important cultural property)

It was moved from Aizen-dou in Kamakura 700 years ago.

syougyou-den in Hokekyou-ji

Shougyoden (the treasure hall)

It was designed by the famous architect Chuta Ito, it stores many scripts written by the Founder Nichiren.
kiyomasa-kou dai-zingi-dou

Shogan-jyoujyu-kigan-do (kiyomasa-kou-dai-zingi-do)

It enshrines Kiyomasa Kato, one of the most famous daimyo in Sengoku period.

aragyou-dou in Hokekyou-ji

Aragyodo Hall (the hall where Buddhiist priests practice for 100 days in winter severly)

From Nov 1 to Feb 10, hundreds of Buddhist priests practice severly every year.
Deva Gate called the Red Gate or Triple Gate

The Nio-mon Gate (The Deva Gate)

The henguku hunged in front of the gate was written by Koetsu Honami, famous artist in Momoyama Period.

Setsu-dou in Hokekyou-ji

Setsu-do

It was built for worshipping Jurasetsunyo, Kishibozin, Daikokusama.
Black Gate of Hokekyou-ji

Black Gate(a tangible cultural asset by Ichikawa City)

It is also called Sou-mon (the main gate).

the hall of the eight great dragon gods

Hachidai-ryuo-do

The founder Nichiren built the small shrine to dedicate the dragon god to pray for rain.
Ugazin-dou in Hokekyou-ji

Ugazin-do

It enshrins Ugazin who is the guardian deity of Hokekyou-ji Temple.

Myoken-do in Hokekyo-ji

Myouken-do

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.
Hokekyo-ji Okuno-in

Oku-no-in (the first place where Nichren had preached at)

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.

daibutsu in Hokekyo-ji Temple

The Great Buddha(The Seated Statue of Shaka Nyorai)

It was built in 1719 by famous caster Ota Suruga-no-kami in Kanda. It is the bigest great Buddha in Chiba prefecture.
the first abbot, Nichijyo of Hokekyo-ji

The statue of Nichijo and Naki-Icho

Nichijo was the first abbot of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple and Naki Icho is a gingko tree having a sad legend.

letters by Koetsu Honami

The artists, poets and writers related to Hokekyoji Temple

Koetsu Honami specially remained his calligraphy in Hokekyo-ji Temple, and Shiki Masaoka, Kafu Nagai discribed it well.

Sakura and Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

The Popular Viewing Sakura Spot / Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

Cherry blossoms in Hokekyoji are amazingly wonderful.
Kaii Higashiyama Memorial Hall

A Walk on the the area around Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

There are some noted spots, Kaii Higashiyama Memorial Hall and so on, near Hokekyoji.