Ryukisan Seitaiin Jokoji Temple
In the residential area near the Ferry at Ima
i along Edogawa River
, there is Ryukisan Seitaiin Jokoji Temple
. It has many cultural assets
designated by Edogawaku
with much green in the site.
Jokoji Temple belongs to Jodo Shu
and it was introduced in Edo Meisho Zue
(a guide book describing Edo
in Edo period
) so it has been deeply believed among people living in Edo since then.
Its principle image is Amida Nyorai. In 1509 in Murochi Period
, Saiokuken Socho
, a famous renga
poet, went down Sumidagawa River and got off the ferryboat at Imai. He
visited Jokoji and created a beginning verse of a renga poem, 'Fuji
no ne wa, To karanu yuki no senri kana'. The ferry at Imai had been here
since Muromachi period and the poem implies that Mt. Fuji could be seen
from the temple well at that time.
Moreover, Ujiyasu Hojo
, the third generation of Hojo Family
, visited Jokoji Temple in 1564 of Sengoku Period
and write a tanka
poem 'Matsukaze no fuku oto kikeba yomosugara shrabe kotonaru ne koso
wakaranu'. A big pine tree called 'Koto Hiki no Matsu' standing in front
of the main hall was described in Edo Meisho Zue.
Ryukisan Seitaiin Jokoji Temple tells us the history of the ferry at Imai and the area around it. Why don't you visit Jokoji Temple?
The History of Ryukisan Seitaiin Jokoji Temple
Jokoji Temple is entitled Ryukisan Seitaiin and belosngs to Jodo Shu. It was a branch temple of Zojoji Temple in Shiba Tokyo
. The beginning of Jokoji Temple is that Gensei built a small shrine in
1266. During Koan Era (1276 - 87), Kishu Zenshi visited the shrine on the
way to Komeiji in Shimousa
from Komeiji Temple in Kamakura
and a priest in Jokoji asked him to found it as a Buddhist temple.
The Wooden Statues of Mr. Otsuka and Ms. Otsuka
The Otsuka Family was first settlers to reclaim lands in Imai Village in early Edo period. The sculptures might be carved in early Edo period and was registered as a cultural asset by Edogawaku.
The Grave of Munezo Otsuka
Munezo Otsuka (-1822) contributed to plant pears in this area and so he
began the plantation in late Edo period. His and his family's grave stones
remain in Jokoji Temple are registered as historical assets by Edogawaku.
The Monument of Shinkawa Nashi (Pear planted in Shnkawa)
A year passed after Munezo Otsuka had passed away, the monument was built
in 1823. The Monument was registered as a cultural asset by Edogawaku.
Fudekozuka (monuments for brushes to writing) for the venerable Rikiyo,
Seiyo, Junyo and Juntei
Some chief priests in Jokoji Temple opened private school called Terakoya
to contribute educating villagers in Edo period. All three monuments are
oval shaped stone monuments that villagers who had learned a lot at their
school built them and buried their writing brushes under the monuments.
Shinkawa Nashi (Pears growing along Shinkawa River)
Around 1800, Munezo Otsuka began pears growing in the south side of Shinkawa River. He tried improving breeds several times, finally he got better pears and he presented them to Shogun in1821. The Shogun was satisfied at them, then, he could send his pears to the Shogun since then.
His pears were very soft, sweet and crisp, so it had been as tasty as ever before. His pears were called 'Shinkawa Nashi' and it sold in Edo. The pear plantation had spread along Shinkawa River until a floods striked in 1917. The flood was so great that the pear plantation would decline after that.
A year passed after Munezo had passed away, his son Yoshitoyo built a stone tablet in his plantation in 1825.
Now this stone tablet stands in Jokoji Temple since there are graves of Otsuka Family.
March 2015 by Edogawaku
Ryukisan Seitaiin Jokoji Temple
- Ryukisan Seitaiin Jokoji Temple has great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
- From Narita International Airport, take Sobu Express Line bound to Tokyo or Yokosuka and get off at Funabashi Sta, then transfer the line to Sobu line bound to Nakano or Mitaka ang get off at Motoyawata Sta. Or take Keisei-line bound to Ueno and get off Keisei Yawata Sta. Both from Motoyawata Sta and Keisei Yawata Sta, transfer the line to Toei Shinjuku line and get off at Ichinoe or Mizue Sta.
- From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Shinagawa Sta and transfer the line to Sobu Express line bound to Narita International Airport or Chiba, and transfer the line at Ichikawa Sta to Sob line bound to Nishi Funabashi, Tsudanuma or Chiba and get off at Motoyawata Sta. Or take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Keisei Yawata Sta. Both from Motoyawata Sta and Keisei Yawata Sta, transfer the line to Toei Shinjuku line and get off at Ichinoe or Mizue Sta.
- From Akihabara Station, take Sobu line bound to Nishi Funabashi, Tsudanuma or Chiba and get off Motoyawata Sta. Then transfer the line to Toei Shinjuku Line and get off at Ichinoe or Mizue Sta.
- Take 14 minute walk from Mizue Sta Or take 16 minute walk from Ichinoe Sta.
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The Noted Spots near Jokoji and Edogawa River
The short summary of Edogawa River.
Irises, Kawazu Sakura and many kinds of flowers blooming.
People enjoy seeing the nature and culture in the areas.
It has about 900 years history and dedicates Ieyasu Tokugawa.
The park is the noted scenic spot to see cherry blossoms, roses and colored leaves with many historical heritages.
This temple is famous for Yoko no Matsu, a huge black pine tree designated as a National Natural Property.
It has been carrying people since Edo period.
It dedicates the Prince Takeru Yamato, one of the great hero in classic
It connects to Maeda Family in Kaga and Mamasan Guhoji.
Musashi Miyamoto and Basho Matsuo had passed the road.
It is a popular park with many trees, sakura and so on.
Visitors could see horses from the bank of Edogawa River.
It was much flourished as one of the Eastern Gates of Edo in Edo period.
There are some shadows of Edo in temples and shrines there.
Ieyasu Tokugawa used this ferry when he went hawking.
Socho first landed at Imai during his trip to Boso Peninsula.
Ryukisan Seitaiin Jokoji Temple
Jokoji is famous for connecting to a famous renga poet Socho and a sengoku daimyo Ujiyasu Hojo.
It is the first water park in Japan with Sakura in spring and hydrangeas
It has some Edostyle Landmarks and thousands of Cherry Trees.
It has some wonderful seasonal views along this river.
On the banks, many beautiful flowers blooming.