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The Landmarks in Mamasan Guhoji Temple

The stone steps of Guhoji TempleThe views from Guhoji Templea famous viewing sakura spota popular viewing colored leaves spot
According to legend, Mamasan Guhoji Temple was built by Gyoki or Kobodaishi Kukai, so it has about 1300 years long history. In Edo period, Mamasan was the popular temple where thousands people visited to enjoy seeing flaming colored autumnal leaves. In Meiji era, Guhoji Temple got fired, but some landmarks, the Niomon Gate, the bell tower and the weeping cherry tree have been remained and many poeple love to visit and see them. Moreover there is Guhoji Mound in the site of the temple. Why don't you visit Mamasan Guhoji Temple?

The Niomon Gate in Mamasan Guhoji Temple

The Niomon of Guhoji TempleThe framed writings on Niomon The right Deva godThe left Deva god

The Niomon Gate (the Deva Gate)

The Legend says that the framed writing hanging on the niomon gate was written by Kobodaishi Kukai and the two Deva kings of the gate were carved by Unkei.

The Bell Tower

The bell tower of Guhoji Templecherry blossoms over the bell tower the bell tower and the niomon gate in fallAutumnal trees and the bell tower

The Bell Tower

This bell tower was built in Edo period. The bell tower named Koshibakama no shorodo tells the time every 6 o'clock in morning and at night.

The Weeping Cherry Tree Named Fushihime Sakura

the whole view of Fushihime SakuraFushihime Sakura in the foreground the weeping cherry tree in MamasanFushihime Sakura in Mamasan

Fushihime Sakura

The over 400 years old weeping cherry tree is taken care by tree surgeons and staffs of Mamasan Guhoji Temple.
And the name Fushihime might be named after Fushihime, the hiroin of Nanso Satomi Hakkenden, Biographies of Eight Dogs. Mamasan is very close to the old battleground of Konodai Battles, and the temple dedicates Satomi Ryujin in it. In Ichikawa city, there are some places in connection withi the Battles such as Awajinja Shirine south-east of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple and Takaishigamijinja Shrine at the cross of the route 14th and Kioroshikaido haighway.

Soshido and Kyakuden Hall of Mamasan Guhoji Temple

The Soshido Hall of Guhoji TempleThe kyakuden hall of Guhoji Temple

Soshido and Kyakuden Hall of Mamasan Guhoji Temple

Statue of the Founder Nichiren, the first abbot the verenable Niccho and his father and the second abbot the verenable Nichijo are dedicated in Soshido Hall of Mamasan Guhoji Temple. The roof of the Soshido Hall is built with 'Gyokibuki roofed-style' that the founder of Guhoji Temple found the method to construct roofs.
The national heritage Gankouji Temple in Nara and Fukiji Temple in Oita were the famous buildings constructed with Gyokifuki roofed-style.

Akamon (The Red Gate) of Mamasan Guhoji Temple

Akamon Gate of Guhoji TempleSuzakumon Gate of Guhoji Temple

Akamon (The Red Gate)

Akamon is formally called Suzakumon Gate. The gate is the oldest building in Mamasan Guhoji Temple and was built in about 500 years ago. In fall, visitors enjoy seeing the red gate amazingly harmonizing with flammingly colored autumnal leaves.

Satomi Ryujin Shrine (the dragon god of Satomi)

Satomi Ryujindo Hall in MamasanAutamnal trees and Satomi Ryujindo Satomi Ryujindo and the gingko leavesSatomi Ryujindo covered with the leaves

Satomi Ryujin Shrine (the dragon god of Satomi)

Satomi Ryujin Shirine is dedicated spirits of princes of Satomi Clan, one of the famous samurai families in Kanto region during the Warring States Period.

The Statue of Tachi Daikokuten (the God of Wealth)

Tachi Daikokuten and Daikokudo Hallcherry tree and the daikokudo hall the white weeping cherry blossomswhite cherry blossoms like snows colored leaves and Daikokudo HallAutumnal trees and the Daikokudo

The Statue of Tachi Daikokuten (the God of Wealth)

According to some records, the statue of Tachi Daikokuten was carved by the Founder Nichiren as he found the Daikokuten itself in front of him when he had been training in Mt.Hiei in 1248, and he always kept the sclupter on. Later, Nichiren gave the Daikokuten to Niccho. After that, Niccho became the first abbot of Mamasan Guhoji Temple and he dedicated it in the temple.
The statue of Tachi Daikokuten is very popular that its divine favor is happiness coming again.

The Legend of Namidaishi (The stone with tears)

The stone steps under the Niomon GateThe stone steps of Guhoji Temple Namidaishi

Namidaishi (The stone with tears)

The 27th step from the ground of the stone steps under the Niomon Gate of Mamasan Guhoji Temple, there is a stone step called 'Namidaishi' (a stone with tears or 'Nakiishi' (a crying stone) since there are approximately over a thoudands of stones on the steps, this stone is only wet like weeping.
Nagayori Suzuki, one of the influential supporters of Mamasan Guhoji Temple and a manager of construction serving in the Edo Bakufu, was on the way to carry stones to build Toshogu in Nikko from Izu province about Nemot port (near Nemotobashi Bridge) along Edogawa River, his boats stopped and they could not move more. Nagayori thought that it had to be the will of Buddha in Guhoji Temple. Then he used the stones to build the stone steps of the temple. After that, Nagayori commited hara-kiri to fullfill his responsibilities on the middle of the stone steps since the Bakufu blamed on his fault.
The rumors has flown that the stone Nagayori sat on at his hara-kiri performance is always wet since they are his tears. This is the reason why the stone is called 'Namidaishi' (a stone with tears or 'Nakiishi' (a crying stone).
Anyway there are many springs in Mama area and accidentally the stone is wet with oone of it.
It is very exciting story that they are the same stones used on both the stone steps of Toshogu in Nikko and Mamasan Guhoji Temple if this legend is true.
Now according to Katsushika Shiryaku, the granite stone used in the stone steps of the temple was incomparably splendid.

Guhoji Burial Mound

Guhoji Burial MoundGuhoji Kofun

Guhoji Burial Mound

On the south of Daikokudo Hall, there is a small hill called Guhoji Mound covered with woods. It is a 43m long keyhole-shaped Japanese burial mound constructed between late 6th to early 7th century. The burial mound is seriously damaged because of the collapse of the tableland.

Ajisais (Hydrangeas ) in Mamasan Guhoji Temple

ajisai flowers under the gate of Mamasanajisai flowers on the right of stone steps ajisai flowers on the left of the stone stepsajisai blooming beside the stone steps many ajisai flowers bloomingajisai flowers and the roof ajisai flowers and Suzakumonajisai flowers blooming in Mamasan Guhoji

Ajisai Flowers Blooming in Mamasan Guhoji Temple

Mamasan Guhoji Temple is known as a noted spots for viewing ajisai flowers (hydrangeas) in Ichikawa City.


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