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Nakayama is in between Narita And Haneda International Airport

中山・下総・散歩道

Katsushika Jinja Shrine and Katsumata Park in Nishi Funabashi

Katsushika Jinja in Nishi FunabashiKatsumata Park in Nishi Funabashi
Katsumata Jinja 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

the torii gate in Katsushika Jinjathe approach steps in Katsushika Jinja the main hall of Katsushika Jinjathe black pine trees in Katsushika Jinja

Katsushika Jinja

This shrine is the main shrine of Katsushika County called Katsushika Jinja Shrine.
Ninigi no Mikoto, Hiko Hohodemi no Mikoto and Kumano Oogami are dedicated in.

The History
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

葛飾神社鳥居前案内板より

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 opened.

Funabashishi Board of Education

葛飾神社社殿脇案内板より


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葛飾神社鳥居前案内板
葛飾神社社殿脇案内板
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
江戸名所図会6 ちくま学芸文庫

Katsumata Park in Nishi Funabashi

the entrance of Katsumata Parkthe remain of Katsumata Ike Pond the stone tablet 1 in Katsumata Parkthe stone tablet 2 in Katsumata Park

Katsumata Park

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
  • かつまたの池は我しる蓮なししかいふ君がひげ無きがごと

The Mother of the Emperor Nijo, Higo in Senzaishu

  • Ike mo furi tsutsumi kuzurete mizu mo nashi ube katsumata ni tori mo izaran
  • 池もふり堤崩れて水もなしうべかつまたに鳥もゐざらん

Norinaga Fujiwara in Goshui Wakashu

  • tori mo ite ikuyo henuran Katsumata no Ike niwa ihin no atodani mo nashi
  • 鳥もゐて幾世経ぬらん勝間田の池にはいひんの跡だにもなし

Jakunen in Shin Shui Wakashu

  • Katsumata no Ike no kokoro wa munasikute koori mo mizu mo na nomi narikeri
  • かつまたの池の心はむなしくて氷も水も名のみなりけり

Akinaka Minamoto in Fuboku Wakasho

  • Katsumata no Ike mo midori ni miyuru kana kishi no yanagi no iro ni makasete
  • かつまたの池も緑にみゆるかな岸の柳の色に任せて

Tamesuke Reizei in Fuboku Wakasho

  • tazunekite katu miru mamani Katumata no hana no kage koso tachiu kari kere
  • 尋ね来てかつみるままに勝間田の花の陰こそ立ちうかりけれ

Tango no Jo, Yoshitada Sone

  • Katsumata no Ike no koori mo tokeshi yori yasu no ura tozo niotori mo naku
  • 勝間田の池の氷もとけしよりやすの浦とぞ鳰鳥もなく

Jichin (Jien) in Jugyokushu in Rokkashu

  • Katsumata no Ike niwa ikani kakitsubata mizu nashi toteya niowazaru ran
  • かつまたの池にはいかに杜若水なしとてやにほはざるらん
  • Katsumata no Ike ni ukine no toko taete yosoni zo suguru kamo no guncho
  • 勝間田の池に浮寝の床絶えてよそにぞすぐる鴨の群鳥

Takaie Fujiwara in Minishu in Rokkashu

  • Shimo wa yomo koori mo araji furitumoru yuki nomi fukaki Katsumata no Ike
  • 下はよも氷もあらじ降りつもる雪のみ深きかつまたの池

Saigyo Hoshi in Sankashu in Rokkashu

  • Mizu nashi to kikite furinishi Katsumata no Ike aratamaru samidare no koro
  • 水なしと聞きてふりにしかつまたの池あらたまる五月雨の頃

Tomoie Fujiwara in Shinsen Rokujodai Wakashu

  • Katsumata no Ike niwa nanzo tsurenasi no kusa no satesimo oikeru miyo
  • かつまたのいけには何ぞつれなしの草のさてしもおひにける身よ


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葛飾神社鳥居前案内板
葛飾神社社殿脇案内板
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
江戸名所図会6 ちくま学芸文庫
大辞林

The Location and Access to Katsushika Jinja and Katsumata Park

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

Funabashi Daijingu Shrine

The Erea around Funabashi Daijingu Shirne

Under Construction
Funabashi Toshogu Shrine

Funabashi Toshogu Shrine

It is famous for the smallest Toshogu Shrine in Japan.

Irihi Jinja Shrine

Irihi Jinja Shrine

Under Construction
西船四丁目緑地

Funabashi Yonchome Ryokuchi Park and Kasuga Jinja Shirne

Under Construction

Katsushika Jinja Shrine

Katsushika Jinja Shrine and Katsumata no Ike Koen Park

They were popular noted spots introduced in some guide books published in Edo period.
Yakuousan Tomyoji Temple

Yakuousan Tomyouji Temple

Yakushi Nyorai dedicated in this temple carved by Gyoki Bosatsu has been believed to be highly responsive for prayers.

Tamonin Temple in Nakayama

Tamonin Temple and the Futago Fuji Pond

The temple and the pond related to the Founder Nichiren.
Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

Visitors could enjoy seeing cherry blossoms and the important cultural properties.

Ichikawa Higashiyama Kaii Memorial Hall

The Vicinity Of Hokekyoji

Temples, shrines and a museum are near Hokekyoji Temple.
Takaishigami Jinja Shrine

Takaishigami Jinja Shrine

The shrine related to the battles of Konodai in Sengoku Period.

Shinmei-ji Temple

Shinmeisha Shrine and Shinmeiji Temple

Shinmeisha Shrine and Shinmeiji Temple have their long history and the legend of Oguri Hangan.
cherry trees along Mamagawa river

Cherry trees along Mamagawa River

The Mama-gawa River is the very famous spot to enjoy seeing the blooming Cherry Blossoms.

cherry trees in Colton Plaza shopping mall

The Area Around Nikke Colton Plaza

Nikke Colton Plaza and some landmarks around are attractive and exciting to walk on.
The House of Yoko Mizuki

Katsushika Hachimangu Shrine

The area around the shrine is very exciting as there are shops, restaurants and historical and cultural landmarks.

the zuishinmon gate of Hachimangu

Katsushika Hachimangu Shrine

Having long history and the national natural treasure Senbon Icho Tree stands in.
Yabushirazu at Yawata

Yawata no Yabushirazu Shirne

Having some legends in this tiny thicket, many writers introduced it in their masterpieces..

Shuwa Jinja Shrine in Hirata

A Walk under Black Pine Trees Hirata and Shinden Ereas

There some shrines related to Kafu Nagai in these areas.
I-link Town Ichikawa

The Observatory on I-link Town Ichikawa

It commands a panoramic view of Mt.Fuji behind Tokyo.

Fushihime Sakura in Guhoji Temple

A Walk On Tekona And Mama

Tekona and Mama has read in many tanka poems, it is good place to find Japanese classics.
Edogawa River

A Walk Along Edogawa River

The areas along the river have many noted spots that people could enjoy history and culture.

Shin Nakagawa River

A Walk On Shinnakagawa River

The river flowing from north to south in the center of Edogawaku is an enjoyable course to walk.
Tensho Jinja in Matsumoto Edogawaku

Tenso Jinja Shrine in Matsumoto

It looks like a shrine in a deep forest since many over 20 meter tall trees stand in it.

Komatsugawa Water Park

Komatsugawa Water Park

Under Construction
Shinkoiwa Katori Jinja Shrine

Shinkoiwa Katori Jinja Shrine and Komatsuna Yashiki Residence

Under Construction