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Nakayama is between Narita And Haneda International Airport

中山・下総・散歩道

Kazura no I Well | the well related to Kafu Nagai

葛羅の井の石碑葛羅の井
Kazura no I is a well is in a residential area in the western Funabashi City. There is a stone tablet scribing the name of the well under a large zelkova tree. Kazura no I Well is preserved since it is a municipal cultural asset of Funabashi City since it shows that this area has rich fresh water called 'Katsushika Yusui Gun (natural springs in Katsushika)', so Katsushika had rich water that Katsumata no Ike Pond on the south of the well appeared on the Myriad Leaves. And Futago Fuji no Ike Pond and Futagoura no Ike Pond in the area are also preserved. January 26th of 1947, a famous writer Kafu Nagai found the stone tablet in a bush, after that he visited it a few times and introduced it in his essay. And some guide books published in Edo period such as Katsushika Shiryaku and Edo Meisho Zue introduced it, and Edo Meisho Zue called it 'Kuzu no I' that was a washbasin of Katsushika Junja Shrine. Why don't you visit Kazura no I Well?

Kazura no I Well

Kazura no I Well

A Municipl Cultural Asset and a Historic Site
Designated in March 17th of 1965
Adminstrated by Kazura no I Hozonkai (the committee to preserve Kazura no I Well)

Kazura no I Well
Kazura no I Well along Kosaku Road in Kurihara Hongo Village (the old name of this area) was to be the washbasin of Katsushika Jinja Shrine. The well has a diameter of 180 centimeters and it is reinforced with concrete now. Old sayings tell that the water in the well would connect to the Palace of the Dragon King. And it could not be dried up in any terrible drought. Moreover, it has been said that people having agues could be well if they drank the water in the well.
There is a stone tablet in front of the well, it was built in 1812 and Soshiro, a manager of Hongo Village, asked a famous artist Nanpo Ota Shokusanjin to write some sentences on the on the stone tablet. A year after that,this stone tablet and the sentences were introduced by Kindai Suzuki in his book 'Katsushika Zushi Taguribune'. And Edo Meizho Zue, a guide book of Edo, published in 1836, it was introduced in a picture in the articleof Katsushika Jinja Shrine and it is called 'Kuzu no I'.
After that, it had not been written in any articles until Kafu Nagai, a famous writer, introduced it in his essay 'Katsushika Miyage (the souvenirs from Katsushika)' and it became famous again.


The Sentences on the stone tablet at Kazura no I Well

下総勝鹿 郷隷栗原 It is in Kurihara-go, Katsushika, Shimousa.
神祀瓊杵 地出禮泉 It dedicates Ninigi no Mikoto, and the holly water springs out.
豊姫所聲 神龍之淵 People could hear the Princess Toyo's voice, it is the deep water that the Dragon lives.
大旱不凋 湛乎維圓 The well could have never dried up even in any terrible drought, it could be round so long.
 名曰葛羅 不絶綿々 It is called Kazura, it would be forever. 

Selected by Nanpo Ota.
Built in March 1813
Soshiro, the manager of Hongo Village

Funabashi-shi Board of Education

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出典・抜粋・引用および参考
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二子浦の池前案内板
二子藤の池前案内板
新版 断腸亭日乗 第六巻 岩波書店
新訂 江戸名所図会6 ちくま学芸文庫
房総叢書 : 紀元二千六百年記念. 第6卷葛飾誌略

The Map and Access to Kazura no I Well

Kazura no I Well

  • Kazura no I Well has great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
  • From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Keisei Nishifuna Sta or Higashi Nakayama Sta, take minimally 40 minutes from Narita Airport. And also take JR Sobu express line, transfer the line at Funabashi to Sobu Local line, get off Nishi Funabashi Sta.
  • From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Keisei Nishifuna Sta or Higashi 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 Nishi Funabashi Sta.
  • From Akihabara Sta, take Sobu line bound to Chiba, get off Nishi Funabashi Sta.
  • Take 5 minute walk from Keisei Nishifuna Sta, take 7 minute walk from Higashi Nakayama Sta, and take 13 minute walk from Nishi Funabashi Sta.
  • 6-4-5 Nishifuna, Funabashi-shi, Chiba-ken

The Landmarks Neighbor Of Nakayama Hokekyo-ji Temple

Nakayama Okunoin

Nakayama Oku-no-in

Nichiren had preached first time at the Oku-no-in. Later, Jonin Toki built a temple named 'Hokke-ji'. There are several ume trees blooming beautiful ume blossoms in spring silently.
Onjyu-in Temple

Onju-in Temple

Onjuin Temple is famous for the temple to deliver the Nichiren Sect's traditional style of ascetic practices. Tokugawa, Maeda and many people faithfully has believed for ages.

Higashiyama Kaii Memorial Hall

Higashiyama Kaii Memorial Hall

This small gallary has wonderful works of the great painter Kaii Higashiyama, so he lived in Nakayama.
Fujiwara Kannondo Hall

Fujiwara Kannondo Hall

Fujiwara Kannondo Hall has the legend of the great swordsman Mushashi Miyamoto, sometimes it was his hideaway.

Seikaen Garden

Seikaen Garden

A peaceful place to rest on the way to Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple is Seikaen. It has the branch office of the city hall.
Shinmei-ji Temple

Shinmeisha Shrine and Shinmeiji Temple

Shinmeisha Shrine and Shinmeiji Temple have their long history and the legend of Oguri Hangan.

Shogyo-ji Temple

Shogyoji Temple

It preserves the seated statue of Nichiren and Yosobei Kajikawa's mementoes. It also has the side story of The Forty-Seven Ronins.
Ubayama Shell Mound

Ubayama Shell Mound

This shell mound designated as the National Historic Site and was formed from middle to late Jomon period.

Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple

Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple

The sacred temple covered with holy cherry trees is famous for the legend of Seven Sutra Mound and Shichifukujin in Ichikawa.
Homensan Anrakuji Temple

Homensan Anrakuji Temple

The first nunnery of Nichiren Sect built by the Princess Tokiwai, the legend said ther daughter of the Emperor drifted to Ichikawa.

Takaishigami Jinja Shrine

Takaishigami Jinja Shrine

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

Awa Jinja Shrine

It has the legend of the young samurai Hirotsugu Satomi.

Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine

Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine

A small shrine relates to the Founder Nichiren, Nichijo and the Prince Yamato Takeru.
Tamonin Temple in Nakayama

Tamonin Temple and the Futago Fuji Pond

The temple and the pond related to the Founder Nichiren.

Myoken Jinja Shirne in Terauchi

Myoken Jinja Shrine in Terauchi

It is the guardian deity of this town Kafu Nagai had visited.
Kazura no I well in Katsushika

Kazura no I well in Katsushika

A well became famous as Kafu Nagai introduced in his essay.

Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

It was built in Kamakura period and visitors could enjoy seeing cherry blossoms blooming over some cultural properties in it.
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.
Sskura in Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

The Popular Viewing Sakura Spot / Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

It is very popular viewing sakura spot and thousands of people visit and enjoy seeing sakura.