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Myokakuji Temple and Kirishitan Toro

the main hall of Myokakuji Temple the roof of the main hall of Myokakuji Temple
the garden in Myokakuji Temple Kirishitan Toro (a Christian Lantern)
Shokakusan Myokakuji Temple has two gates opening to Gongenmichi Road and Takumibori. Myokakuji Temple is a branch temple of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple and it dedicates the statue of Nichren as its principle image. Moreover, the temple has a garden lantern called Kirishitan Toro (Christian Lantern). In General, the image of Christian in Japan before Meiji Restoration is that it had been believed in Kyushu (southwest Japan) secretly, so this kind of lantern is seldom found in eastern Japan, especially there is no Kirishitan Toros in Chiba prefecture anymore. And it is said that it was designed by Oribe Furuta who was a sengoku busho (a famous samurai worrier) and a master of the tea ceremony in Sengoku Period (the warring state period), then, some call it Oribe Toro.
The main hall of Shokakusan Myokakuji Temple is very beautiful and the trees in the garden is well trimmed, so it is the excitingly wonderful temple to visit and it is also on the center of the course to walk in Gongenmichi Road and Teramachidori Street.
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Shokakusan Myokakuji Temple

The History of Shokakusan Myokakuji Temple

Shokakusan Myokakuji Temple is a branch temple of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple. It was built in 1586 by the venerable Shinryoin Nittsu.


The Events and Landmarks of Shokakusan Myokakuji Temple

There is a remain of the beliefs in Christanity in Myokakuji Temple. It is a garden lantern called Kirishitan Toro and it is also very rare in eastern Japan, so there are any other lanterns in Boso Peninsula (Chiba prefecture). There is a father of Christian with a mantle and shoes carved in the lower part of it. (The shoes are now buried in the earth) Moreover, it is said that this type of lantern was designed Oribe Furuta, a samurai worrier and a sengoku daimyo famous for a master of tea ceremony, so the lanterns are also called Oribe Toro.

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The Location and Access to Mykakuji Temple

Shokakusan Myokakuji Temple

  • Myokakuji Temple has a great accessibility from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
  • From Narita International Airport, take JR Sobu-express line, transfer the line at Nishi-funabashi to Tozai line of Tokyo Metro bound to Nakano or Mitaka, get off Myoden Sta. And also take Keisei-line, transfer the line at Funabashi to Sobu-Local line, and transfer the line at Nishi-funabashi to Tozai line of Tokyo Metro bound to Nakano or Mitaka, get off Myoden Sta. It takes minimally 60 minutes from Narita Airport.
  • From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, transfer the line at Nihonbashi to Tozai line of Tokyo Metro bound to Nishifunabashi, Tsudanuma or Katsutadai, get off Myoden Sta.
  • From Tokyo (Otemachi) Sta, take Tozai line of Tokyo Metro bound to Nishi-funabashi, Tsudanuma or Katsutadai, get off Myoden Sta.
  • From Akihabara Sta, take Sobu line bound to Chiba, Tsudanuma or Nishi Funabashi, transfer the line at Nishifunabashi to Tozai line of Tokyo Metro, get off Myoden Sta.
  • Take 8 minute walk from Myoden Sta.
  • 15-20 Hongyotoku, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-ken

Landmarks near Shokakusan Myokakuji Temple

the main hall of Myokakuji Temple

Myokakuji Temple