Katsushika Jinja Shrine and Katsumata Park in Nishi Funabashi
and Katsumata Park
are important landmarks to tell the history of Katsushika county. They
are a small shrine and a small park on along the Route 14th or Chiba Kaido
in Nishifunabashi Funabashi city
, but they were very famous noted spots appeared on guide books published
in Edo period
such as 'Edo Meisho Zue
', 'Kasushika Shiryaku' and 'Shimousa Jinjako'. Moreover, Katsushika Jinaja
had been called Katsushika Myojin that was the guardian deity of this area.
And Katsumata Park is on the remains of Katsumata no Ike pond that was
writen in some poems since the Myriad of Leaves
edited. They are good places to see the history of Katsushika. Why don't
you visit them?
Katsushika Jinja Shrine in Nishi Funabashi
This shrine is the main shrine of Katsushika County called Katsushika
Ninigi no Mikoto, Hiko Hohodemi no Mikoto and Kumano Oogami are dedicated in.
Katsushika Jinja, the principle shrine of Katsushika county standing on
a small hill beside the beautiful scenic spots in Edo period called Katsumata
no Ike pond (now Katsumata Park) was moved here in January 13th of 1916.
Before moving, there was a Kumano Gongen Jinja standing and the gods have
been dedicated together. Katushika Jinja was originally called Katsushika
Myojin when it stood beside Kazura no I well in 6 chome Nishifuna.
People living near this shrine deeply believed in it.
The Festivals are held in October 14th and 15th.
By the chair parson of this shrine in October of 1985
Donated by the supporters of Katsushika Jinja Shrine
The Black Pine Tree registered as Municiple Natural Assets by Funabashi
City in March 3rd of 2012
The owner of them are Katsushika Jinja Shrine
The black pine tree standing in front of the main hall of this shrine.
This tree has two large blanches and they glow higher like an umbrella
covering on the hall. It looks like a part of the hall, so they create
the beautiful view. The black pine tree is about 13 meters tall, 3.42 meters
long around the trunk, and the blanches spread 16.5 meters wide so it has
the thickest trunk in the city (measured in March of 2011). Black pine
trees spread throughout the main, shikoku and kyushu island in general.
Sometimes it is called 'omatsu'.
Katsushika Jinja Shrine stands the west side of Katsumata park (there was a pond called Katsumata no Ike several decades ago.) The pond had been named after Katsumata no Ike pond near Toshodaiji and Yakushiji Temple in Nara, so it was written in Myriad of Leaves and some tanka poems. It was introduced in Katsushikaki, a guide book describing Katsushika county published in 1749, so the pond was one of the famous scenic landmarks in Shimousa. By a picture of Katsumata no Ike Pond by Settan Hasegawa on Edo Meishozue, a guide book describing noted spots in Edo published in 1836, there was Kumano Jinja Shrine and some pine trees. Katsushika Jinja was on the west of Kazura noI well, but the god of the shrine came to be dedicated with the god of Kumano Jinja in 1914 and it moved here in 1916, then it became the guardian deity of Katsushika village and it was named Katushika Jinja.
Anyway, black pine trees in Katsushika Jinja Shrine have been known to people since Edo period.
Now Katsumata no Ike Pond was filled up in 1940's and Katsumata Park was
Funabashishi Board of Education
房総叢書 : 紀元二千六百年記念. 第1卷下総式社考
房総叢書 : 紀元二千六百年記念. 第6卷葛飾誌略
Katsumata Park in Nishi Funabashi
Katsumata Park is opend on the remains of Katsumata no Ike Pond that was
one of the most famous noted spots in Katsushika had been written in many
poems since the Myriad of Leaves had edited. According to the signboard
in Katsushika Jinja Shrine standing on the west of the park, the pond was
named after Katsumata no Ike pond near Toshodaiji and Yakushiji Temple
in Nara Prefecture. Katsushika Shiryaku (a short history book of Katsushika
county) tells ' this pond has been an old noted spot in Shomousa Province
but the pond that was written in the Myriad of Leaves was not this pond.'
Morover, Edo Meisho Zue (the noted spots in Edo) tells that the poems in
Yakumo Misho, Norikanekyo Godaishu and Ruiji Meisho Wakashu could write
this pond here. And it also says that there were Katsumata no Ike ponds
in Okayama prefecture.
Many poems have written Katsumata no Ike pond, now it becomes a park that
children plays in. However, there are two stone tablets in it and tanka
poems are scribed on each of them.
The peoms belows are telling of Katsumata no Ike.
The Prince Nittabe in the Myriad of Leaves
- Katsumata no Ike wa ware shiru hasu nashi shika iu kimi ga hige naki ga goto
The Mother of the Emperor Nijo, Higo in Senzaishu
- Ike mo furi tsutsumi kuzurete mizu mo nashi ube katsumata ni tori mo izaran
Norinaga Fujiwara in Goshui Wakashu
- tori mo ite ikuyo henuran Katsumata no Ike niwa ihin no atodani mo nashi
Jakunen in Shin Shui Wakashu
- Katsumata no Ike no kokoro wa munasikute koori mo mizu mo na nomi narikeri
Akinaka Minamoto in Fuboku Wakasho
- Katsumata no Ike mo midori ni miyuru kana kishi no yanagi no iro ni makasete
Tamesuke Reizei in Fuboku Wakasho
- tazunekite katu miru mamani Katumata no hana no kage koso tachiu kari kere
Tango no Jo, Yoshitada Sone
- Katsumata no Ike no koori mo tokeshi yori yasu no ura tozo niotori mo naku
Jichin (Jien) in Jugyokushu in Rokkashu
- Katsumata no Ike niwa ikani kakitsubata mizu nashi toteya niowazaru ran
- Katsumata no Ike ni ukine no toko taete yosoni zo suguru kamo no guncho
Takaie Fujiwara in Minishu in Rokkashu
- Shimo wa yomo koori mo araji furitumoru yuki nomi fukaki Katsumata no Ike
Saigyo Hoshi in Sankashu in Rokkashu
- Mizu nashi to kikite furinishi Katsumata no Ike aratamaru samidare no koro
Tomoie Fujiwara in Shinsen Rokujodai Wakashu
- Katsumata no Ike niwa nanzo tsurenasi no kusa no satesimo oikeru miyo
房総叢書 : 紀元二千六百年記念. 第1卷下総式社考
房総叢書 : 紀元二千六百年記念. 第6卷葛飾誌略
Katsushika Jinja Shrine and Katsumata Park
- Katsushika Jinaja Shrine and Katsumata Park have great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
- From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line bound to Ueno and get off Keisei Nishifuna, take minimally 45 minutes from Narita Airport. And also take JR Sobu-express line, transfer the line at Funabashi to Sobu line bound to Nakano or Mitaka, get off at Nishi Funabashi Sta.
- From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Keisei Nishifuna Sta.
- Take 4 minutes walks from Keisei Nishifuna Sta, take 5 minutes walk from Nishi Funabasi Sta.
- Katsushika Jinja Shrine: 5-3-8 Nishifuna Funabashi-shi Chiba-ken
- Katsumata Park: 5-2 Nishifuna Funabashi-shi Chiba-ken
The Noted Spots along Moto Sakura Micho Road
Some landmarks tell the history and culture of Funabashi City.
It is famous for the smallest shrine that dedicates Ieyasu Tokugawa in Japan.
Ebigawa is a popular spot for viewing cherry blossoms.
This small shrine was built where Yamato Takeru had landed on.
They look like the urban oasisi near the railway stations.
Katsushika Jinja Shrine and Katsumata no Ike Koen Park
They were popular noted spots in Edo period.
Yakushi Nyorai dedicated in it has been believed to be highly responsive
The temple and the pond related to the Founder Nichiren.
Visitors could enjoy seeing some important cultural properties.
Temples, shrines and a museum are near Hokekyoji Temple.
This small shrine is related to the battles of Konodai in Sengoku Period.
They have their long history and the legend of Oguri Hangan.
The Mama-gawa River is the very famous spot to enjoy seeing the blooming Cherry Blossoms.
Nikke Colton Plaza and some landmarks around are attractive and exciting to walk on.
This area is very exciting as there are shops, restaurants and historical
and cultural landmarks.
Having long history and the national natural treasure Senbon Icho Tree stands in.
Having some legends in this tiny thicket, many writers introduced it in their masterpieces..
There some shrines related to Kafu Nagai in these areas.
It commands a panoramic view of Mt.Fuji behind Tokyo.
Tekona and Mama has read in many tanka poems, it is good place to find Japanese classics.
The areas along the river have many noted spots that people could enjoy history and culture.
The river flowing from north to south in the center of Edogawaku is an
enjoyable course to walk.
It looks like a shrine in a deep forest since many over 20 meter tall
trees stand in it.
It is like an oasis in urban areas, many sakura flowers and colored leaves wait for visitors.
They are related to Dokan Ota and Yoshimune Tokugawa.
It looks a forest with cherry blossoms, or like a pale pink cloud on the bank.