Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple and Legends
Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple known as the sacred land of Cherry Trees was
built in the same period as Nakayama Oku no In
was built, so the history of the temple has almost 800 years. The legend of the Seven Sutra Mounds
related to the reason to build Myoshoji Temple has remained even now.
Moreover, the temple belongs to Shichifukujin in Ichikawa City
and dedicates Fukurokuju
Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple is also called Sakura no Reijo (the sacred land
of cherry trees), and it has many cherry trees in it and there are several
good viewing spots for cherry blossoms.
Why don't you visit Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple?
Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple
The Hitsory of Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple
The temple named Myoshoji stands in 4-2122 Kitakata-cho, Ichikawa-shi,
Chiba-ken or Senzoku.
The Founder Nichiren
and the Venerable Nichijo
built Myoshoji Temple in 1260 in Kamakura period.
Myosho Daimyojin (a great sacred deity named Myosho) dedicated in the Myoshoji
Temple in Senzoku, Nakayama, Katsushika-gun, Shimousa no Kuni
was originally related to Hyakunichi Seppou (sermons talked for 100 days)
by the Founder Nichiren at Nakayama Oku no In in the Era of the 89th Emperor
Gofukakusa. At that time, Nichiren escaped from Kamakura
and stayed in Wakamiya with some helps by Jonin Toki (the venerable Nichijo).
When Nichiren preached for 100 days in a small hat in Wakamiya (Oku no
In now) prepared by Jonin as his answers to many requests from the people
around Wakamiya for him to talk to them a lot about Buddhism, the Lotus
Sutra and himself. The 100 Days Sermon was successfully held in, so the
number of people coming to listen to him increased day bay day.
There was an old lady in the people, and most people listen to him felt she was spooky since nobody knew her. After the end of his preach, the old lady asked to Nichiren to give her a Mandala drawn by him, the 8 sutras from the Lotus Sutra written by him and her Buddhist name. Nichiren said that he should help children in the end of the world and he named her Myosho and give her a mandala with some words that I gave her an oath that it could protect people from smallpox. And Nichiren handed her 8 sutras. The old lady left with her great pleasure.
Some people there followed her, she put 7 of the 8 sutras in 7 places on her way, and she disappeared near Senzokuike Pond 1200m north-east away from the hat. The people found the mandala hanged on a branch of a cherry tree over the pond, and a sutra (the fifth volume) put on the shore of it. Later, the way the lady passed by was called Mandala Komichi (Mandala Path) or Shichi Kyo Zuka (the Seven Sutra Mounds).
- 御神詠「昔より 約束なれば いもはしか 病むとも死なじ の内」
- Go Jin Ei 'mukashi yori yakusoku nare ba imo hashika yamu tomo shinaji kamigaki no uchi'
- 'Since ancient ages, people in the sacred places could not be died even they catchthe small pox or the measles.' written by the god.
Later, Harima no Kami (the governor of Harima Province) Tokitsugu Toki
became a priest and named him Joshuin Nichijo, and he built a shrine called
it Ryukyosan to dedicate Myosho Daimyojin by the pond. Since then, it has
been said that someone who is in illness prays for the Daimyojin can be
cured soon. The miraculous power of it is very immediate so it sounds like
that Mother gives her baby milk. In Meireki Era, the heavy small pox was
prevalent in Kurumakata, Inba-gun, Shimousa Province (in Funabashi city
now), and almost a half of children and women were died. The villagers
prayed for many gods and deities but there was no efficacy to cure the
illness. They all did nothing without crying. A priest in the village heard
from some gods in his dream in one night, they said that the bad disease
would immediately disappeared and become safe if he prays for Myosho Daimyojin
to cure the illness and he carves a charm from the sacred cherry tree to
make a charm. After he woke up, he talked it to the villagers and they
were pleased to hear it and ran to the small shrine to pray for and to
make charms. Soon after they delivered the charms to the sick people, they
cured like wiping off the diseases and the village could be in safe. After
three years had passed, the heavy infectious diseases was prevalent in
the region again, then they came to the Daimyojin to pray for again and
they could keep in safe. Since then, people have called the small shrine
'Sakura no Reijo (the sacred land of cherry trees). This is the short summary
of Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple.
Please visit and pray for it that you would be peace in your present life and future life.
- The statue of Myosho Daimyojin dedicated in Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple was
enlightened by the Founder Nichiren.
- The statue of the Founder Nichiren having miraculous power to give luck
was carved by Nichiro the first disciple of Nichiren in 1274.
- The regional name 'Senzoku' came from a thousand steps from the small hat in Wakamiya to Myoshoike Pond since a thousand steps calls 'Senzoku' in Japanese.
The Seven Sutra Mounds
After he had been attacked at Matsubagaya in 1260 and Komatsubara in 1264,
the Founder Nichiren escaped to Wakamiya. At that time, he held the 100
Day Sermon there and many people came to listen to him every day.
There was a beautiful lady listening to his talk earnestly in those people. But nobody knew her name. At the last day of the 100 Day Sermon, the lady thanked Nichiren for his precious sermon and asked him to give her a mandala written by him and her Buddhist name.
The Founder Nichiren watched her and found something mysterious feeling coming out from her, so he put up a verse on his desk and threw the water in it to her.
Suddenly, black clouds spread over the sky. While the people in Wakamiya were threatened it, the lady seized 8 volumes of the sutra in her hands and ran away.
She was an incarnation of a white snake. The people who had listen to his sermon ran after the white snake, it dropped some volumes while it was running to Senzokuike Pond. At last, it disappeared by the pond.
The white snake is the spirit of Senzokuike pond, neighbors called it 'Uba Gami (the god looks like an old lady)'.
When the people come to the pond, they found the sutra hanged on a branch of a cherry tree over it.
Later, Nichiren gave the white snake 'Myosho' as its Buddhist name.
And the cherry tree hanged the 8 th volume of sutra on has been known as a miraculous tree helps people catching the small pox. Since then, Myoshoji Temple has been believed by many people living around as a sacred place.
Moreover, seven places where seven volumes of the sutra had dropped on were called 'Shichi Kyo Zuka (the seven mounds) since there were seven mounds built in each place. Now, the seven stone tablets standing on the mounds were moved to the park of Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple.
* The name Uba Gami might be related to the name of Ubayma Shell Mounds
and the legends of the seven sutra mounds is one of the legends that women
Good Spots near Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple
Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple is known as Sakura no Reijo (the sacred land
of cherry trees), so it has many cherry trees and it connects to other
nice viewing spots of cherry blossoms.
Turning left at the gate of Myoshoji Temple, you can find a signal, then
you turn left and go down the street a few seconds, there is a small path
lined with many cherry trees. It is the beginning of the row of cherry
trees. There is a large pond supposed as Senzokuike Pond on the south.
The path goes along the north of the high school and finally it connects
to Ogashiwagawa river, then it reaches to the most famous viewing Sakura
spots in Ichikawa city Mamagawa River
. You could find and enjoy brand new viewing spots for cherry blossoms.
Fuku Roku Ju and Ju Rojin in Shichifukujin
Fuku means happiness favored with good human relations, Roku means happiness
favored with wealth and Ju means happiness favored with healthy long life.
Fuku Roku Ju is the god embodied the basic human happiness.
Ju Rojin is the god who hopes long life, so the god hopes that everyone
can live out his/her natural life span. Therefore, Ju Rojin protects people's
safety and health.
It is said that people could gain their healthy bodies and long live without serious disease if they believe Fuku Roku JU and Ju Rojin.
Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple
Shichifukujin (the Seven Dieties of Good Fortune) In Ichikawa City
Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple
4-2122 Kitakata-cho, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-ken
- Ryukyosan Myoshoji 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 Musashino Line bound to Fuchuhoncho or Higashi Tokorozawa, get off Funabashi Hoten Sta. And also take Hokuso Line, transfer the line at Higashimatsudo to Musashino Lline, get off Funabashi Hoten Sta. It takes minimally 50 minutes from Narita Airport.
- From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, transfer the line at Takasago Sta to Hokuso Line, and transfer the line at Higashi Matsudo Sta to Musashino Line, get off Funabashi Hoten Sta. It takes almost 1 hour from Haneda Airport.
- From Tokyo Sta, take Musashino Line bound to Fuchuhoncho or Higashi Tokorozawa, get off Hunabashi Hoten Sta. It takes about 25 minutes from Tokyo Sta.
- From Akihabara Sta, take Sobu line bound to Chiba, Tsudanuma or Nishi Funabashi, Ttransfer the line at Nishi Funabashi to Musashino Line bound to Fuchu Honcho or Higashi Tokorozawa, get off Funabashi Hoten Sta.
- Take 11 minute walk from Funabashi Hoten Sta.
The Landmarks Neighbor Of Nakayama Hokekyo-ji Temple
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.
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.
This small gallary has wonderful works of the great painter Kaii Higashiyama, so he lived in Nakayama.
Fujiwara Kannondo Hall has the legend of the great swordsman Mushashi Miyamoto, sometimes it was his hideaway.
A peaceful place to rest on the way to Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple is Seikaen. It has the branch office of the city hall.
Shinmeisha Shrine and Shinmeiji Temple have their long history and the legend of Oguri Hangan.
It preserves the seated statue of Nichiren and Yosobei Kajikawa's mementoes. It also has the side story of The Forty-Seven Ronins.
This shell mound designated as the National Historic Site and was formed
from middle to late Jomon period.
Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple
The sacred temple covered with holy cherry trees is famous for the legend of Seven Sutra Mound and Shichifukujin in Ichikawa.
The first nunnery of Nichiren Sect built by the Princess Tokiwai, the legend said ther daughter of the Emperor drifted to Ichikawa.
The shrine related to the battles of Konodai in Sengoku Period.
It has the legend of the young samurai Hirotsugu Satomi.
A small shrine relates to the Founder Nichiren, Nichijo and the Prince
The temple and the pond related to the Founder Nichiren.
It is the guardian deity of this town Kafu Nagai had visited.
A well became famous as Kafu Nagai introduced in his essay.
It was built in Kamakura period and visitors could enjoy seeing cherry
blossoms blooming over some cultural properties in it.
The Mama-gawa River is the very famous spot to enjoy seeing the blooming Cherry Blossoms.
Nikke Colton Plaza and some landmarks around are attractive and exciting to walk on.
It is very popular viewing sakura spot and thousands of people visit and enjoy seeing sakura.