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A Walk On The Area Around Shimousa Kokubunji Temple

Shimousa Kokubunniji Ato Parka big kettle in Gyokuosan Hojuin Temple
This page is introduction of a walk on the area around Shimousa Kokubunji Temple, the eastern side of Shimousa Kokubunji Temple, there is Gyokuosan Hojuin Temple famous for a big kettle in it. And there is the park to preserve the remains of Shimousa Kokubunniji Temple 10 minutes walks from the northwest of the Kokubunji Temple. Also there are several temples and small shrines in this area, so visitors could see them and seasons confortablly in this area with small farmlands.
Why don't you walk on the area around Shimousa Kokubunji Temple?

Shimousa Kokoubunniji Ato Park

the view of Shimousa Kokubunniji Ato Parkcherry trees in Shimousa Kokubunniji Ato
Shimousa Kokubunniji Ato Park is a park for preserving the remains of Shimousa Kokubunniji Temple so there are stone tablets showing what this park is and where the main building had stood. The park is 10 minutes walks from northwest of Shimousa Kokubunji Temple. In spring, visitors could enjoy to see some cherry blossoms bloom in the park.
Why don't you visit Shimousa Kokubunnji Ato Park?

The remains of Shimousa Kokubunniji Temple
Kokubunniji Temples were established by the Imperial Court with Kokubunji Temples in Nara Period in 741 and 10 nuns worked in. The Emperor Shomu issued an Imperial edict of building Kokubunji and Kokubunniji Temples to control the nation peacefully by Buddhism. Kokubunniji Temples were legally named Hokke Metsuzai no Tera, it means that the temples were built to save people from sin, so it expressed his wish to extinct the sins that people had committed.
At the archaeological researches in 1932, an earthenware with two kanjis 'amadera (nunnery)' in Chinese ink was found in the site where the podium of Kondo (the main hall) and Kodo (the lecture hall) had been on, so it was confirmed that there had to be Shimousa Kokubunniji Temple there. Some ditches showing each boundaries on north, south and east were found in several researches after 1967. The length of the northern ditch is about 340 meters long and the eastern ditch is about 303 meters long, so the for the temple was an irregular square. In the lots, there were not only these religious buildings such as Kondo and Kodo hall but also storages and buildings for managers, repairs and workers to keep households, in addition, there was the farmlands for flowers decorating the temple in. An earthenware with kanjis 'Nishidera (west temple)' was found since the nunnery was on the west of Shimousa Kokubunji Temple
The lots were marked off for religious buildings by some ditches and fences and the Kondo (25.5 meters from east to west and 22.4 meters from north to south) and Kodo halls (27 meters from east to west and 19 meters from north to south) were built in them. There were no pagodas in the nunnery. It was confirmed that there were a south and an inner gate in the south side of the lots, and the structure of the inner gate was 4 dug-standing pillars gate (Yon kyaku Mon gate). In general, an inner gate and Kondo hall were marked off by cloisters, it was very rare case to mark off by ditches and fences even though it was found in Kokubunji Temple and Kokubunniji Temple in Musashi province (Tokyo). A lot on the north side, there was a residence for nuns (nibo).
2002(平成14)年3月 市川市教育委員会


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Gyokuosan Hojuin Temple

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Gyokuosan Hojuin Temple

On the east side of Shimousa Kokubunji Temple、on the opposite side of its east gate, the gate of Gyokuosan Hojuin Temple opens. This temple is famous for a big kettle. The former chief priest of this temple loves puns, so he had got this kettle, it means that visitors at night could receive blessings since a kettle is called Yakan in Japanese so night is also called Yakan. Gyokuosan Hojuin Temple is very Kawaii and wonderful.
Why don't you visit Gyokuosan Hojuin Temple?

The Location and Access to Shimousa Kokubunniji Ato Park and Gyokuosan Hojuin Temple

Shimousa Kokubunniji Ato Park

  • Shimousa Kokubunniji Ato Park has great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
  • From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Ichikawamama Sta , take minimally 45 minutes from Narita Airport. And also take JR Sobu-express line, transfer the line at Funabashi to Keisei-line, get off Ichikawamama Sta.
  • From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Ichikawamama Sta.
  • Take 35 minute walk from Ichikawamama Sta.
  • 4-7 Kokubun Ichikawa-shi Chiba-ken

Gyokuosan Hojuin Temple

  • Gyokuosan Hojuin Temple has great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
  • From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Ichikawamama Sta , take minimally 45 minutes from Narita Airport. And also take JR Sobu-express line, transfer the line at Funabashi to Keisei-line, get off Ichikawamama Sta.
  • From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Ichikawamama Sta.
  • Take 25 minute walk from Ichikawamama Sta.
  • 2-24-11 Kokubun Ichikawa-shi Chiba-ken