Tokyo-Gaikan Expressway opens in June 2nd in 2018, Ichikawa City
becomes the important point of traffic like it was in Edo Period
. Fundamentally, this city had been the important point of traffic to go
by the end of the WWII. At that time, many travelers going to Narita passed
through the city, and those people going to Kashima Jingu Shrine also had
passed before. After Ieyasu Tokugawa
changed the direction of the flow of Tonegawa River
to the east in the early Edo period, thousands of ships carrying products from the northern provinces in Japan to Edo had passed Edogawa River
flowing the west side of Ichikawa City. Thousands of trucks might pass Tokyo-Gaikan Expressway. It sounds like Ichikawa in Edo period.
Ichikawa City has its long history, it has some remains of Jomon Period
(the new stone age in Japan) and Shimousa Kokubunji Temple
built in the 8th century. And this area has been described in Manyoshu
(the myriad of leaves) so Ichikwa had been the center of Shimousa Province
in classic. The legendary beauty named Tekona
in Manyoshu has been famous therefore the area Mama in Ichikawa is sometimes
called 'Manyo Town Mama'. Nakayama area in the city is also called 'Nichiren
Town' since Nichiren
the founder of Nichiren Sect
in Buddhism held his first preach there and there are many legendary stories related to him existing there.
Many travelers and products such as Musashi Miyamoto
and Basho Matsuo
went on Edogawa River and Kioroshi Kaido Highway, and Ichikawa might be the important strategic point, so Masakado Taira
attempted to gain the office of Shimousa Province, Yoritomo Minamoto
raised his army, Dokan Ota
built Konodaijo Castle
, and the most part of the story of Nanso Satomi Hakkenden
(the Biography of Eight Dogs) take place in the city. Before WWII, Shotaro
Yasuoka and some writers described that Ichikwa was very beautiful. After
that, Rohan Koda
, Kafu Nagai
, Yoko Mizuki
, Kaii Higashiyama
and many poets, writer and artists moved to the city.
There are the national treasures, the national important cultural properties,
the national nature treasure and the national historic sites in Ichikawa
City, so it has many historical and cultural scenic spots in it. In this
page, these scenic spots in the city would be introduced. Why don't you
visit Ichikawa City?
A Walk On Ichikawa City / The Center of Shimousa Province
The Landmarks in Ichikawa
It was a very popular tourist resort in Edo period. You could see the same landmarks that people in Edo had saw.
Sakura Spots in Ichikawa
There are many wonderful spots for seeing cherry blossoms in Ichikawa City. You could find good spots in this page.
Ohanami Spots in Ichikawa
Thera are many flower gardens where rosese, wisterias ume and so on beautifully blooming.
Momijigari Spots in Ichikawa
It had been a popular tourist resort in Edo Period.
Bird Watching Spots
The Cultural Properties
Heroes Related to Ichikwa
Nichiren, Gyoki, Masakado Taira, Yoritomo Minamoto, Musashi Miyamoto and
Artists Related to Ichikawa
Rohan Koda, Kafu Nagai, Kaii Higashiyama, Hakushu Kitahara, Yoko Mizuki
and so on.