Hokkedo Hall In Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple
Hokkedo Hall in Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple is standing behind Yonsokumon
Gate on a small hill on the west of Soshido Hall. Shochuzan Hokekyojishi
and Edo Meisho Zue tell that it was called 4 kando since it had costed
4 kan (an old monetary unit). And Hokkedo is one of the oldest buildings
in Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple. Katsushika Shiryaku said it was built in
spring in 1359. Shochuzan Hokekyojishi described that it was built when
the venerable Nichijo was converted to the Founder Nichiren, and it is
a scared building of Nichiren since he held the hounderd days preaching
there. Moreover, the letters in the frame hanging on the front of Hokkedo
Hall was written by Koetsu Honami. In spring, under the blue sky, Hokkedo
Hall colored in pink with many azaleas blooming around is beautiful. Why
don't you visit it?
Hokekyo-ji Hokke-do; The Important Cultural Property Designated The National Government
Date of Designation; May 24th of Taisho 5th (1916)
Date of construction; Late Muromachi Period
Architectural structure; The length of beam 9.1meters width, a single story
in Irimoya-zukuri (hip-and-gable roof structure) with copper thatching
the roof with shingles, with munafuda 5 mai (five wooden tags commemorating
the foundation of the temple).
Hokke-do is the main halll of Hokekyo-ji Temple where enshrines the Shaka-sonzou
and Taho-sonzou as the principal images. It was built in Wakamiya
by Jonin Toki
in Bunei Period (late 13th century, and it moved to Nakayama later. It
was called Yon(4)-Kan-do
, as its construction fees were 4 kan. (1 kan was a unit of currency in
Middle Ages in Japan.)
According to Edo-Meisyo-Zue, Hokke-do had dedicated the statue of isson-shi-bosatsu
carved by the founder Nichiren
. Noriakira Ota learned a lot from Jonin Toki built the Buddhism hall in
his yard as it called Honmyo-ji Temple
. The Hokke-do
is built by skilled carpenters from Hida in Kamakura Period
. The hall is the first place where the founder Nichiren had preached his
own interpretation of the Lotus Sutra. And it also introduces the sentences
in the letters Nichiren and Jonin Toki talking about the construction of
The architectural structure and style in Hokke-do now in Hokekyo-ji obviously
shows that it might be rebuilt late Muramachi Period
. Originally, it stood at the same ground as the Soshi-do
, it moved to the present location when Soshi-do started to rebuilt in Mid-Edo Period.
The building is a small 5-ken-do, the width is 5 ken(9.1meters) and the
depth is 4 ken (7.28 meters), the copper was roofed late Edo Period
, originally it had been thatched. The hall is divided into 2 rooms, a
open space ge-jin standing wide interval between the pillar and a ni-jin
having only one room. The position of the pillars and Shumidan (the platform
to place and enshrine Buddha in Buddhist altar) shows the aspects that
took wider space as possible. Moreover the hengaku 'myo-hokekyo-ji' hang
up on the front (the important property designated by Ichikawa City
) was written by Koetsu Honami
The Hokkedo is basically designed Zen-Sect style, and it skillfully adopts
Japanese style. The hall is the important historical assets, so it is one
of the oldest Buddism halls of Nichiren Sect
March 1999, Ichikawashi Board Of Education
The Framed Letters 'Myo Hokekyoji' Written By Koetsu Honaami
Hokkedo's Hengaku Written by Koetsu Honami; The Cultural Property Designated
by Ichikawa City
Koetsu Honami was a creative artist early Edo Period living in Kyoto.
He was born in the distinguished sowrd appraiser, and given the land at
Takaga-mine in northern Kyoto. (Now there is Koetsu-ji Temple) He was famous
for one of the three great calligrapher in Kanei.
He learned Japanese painting a lot by Yusho Kaihoku, and belonged to the Tosa group and he had given some influence to Sotatsu Tawaraya and Korin Ogata later. He created new techniques to make Makie. He had some genius talent on the Ceramic Art, the Carving Noh-mask,the Gardening and so on. And he established the school of tea ceremony.
※ the three great calligrapher in Kanei; Tadanobu Konoe, Koetsu Honami
and Akinori Shokado in early Edo Period.
Azaleas Around Hokekyo-ji
Some beautiful azaleas bloom in Hokkedo, Yonsokumon and Ugajindo in early Summer
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The Location and Access to Hokke-do In Nakayama Hokekyoji
Hokke-do In Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple
- Hokkedo Hall in Nakayama Hokekyouji Temple has a great accessibility from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
- From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Keisei-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 Shimousa-Nakayama Sta.
- From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Keisei-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 Shimousa-Nakayama Sta.
- From Akihabara Sta, take Sobu line bound to Chiba, get off Shimousa-Nakayama Sta.
- Take 5 minute walk from Keisei-Nakayama Sta, and take 8 minutes walk from Shimousa-Nakayama Sta.
- 2-10-1 Nakayama, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-pref, Japan
The Landmarks in Nakayama Hokekyouji Temple
Takikyakuden is the main hall of Hokekyoji and it has the business office and Kishibojindo Hall dedicated to the goddess of children on the end of the long corrido of the main hall.
In spring, there is millions of cherry blossoms in Hokekyoji and in summer, lotus blooms on ryuo-ike pond. In fall, there are beautiful colored leaves. Every season, visitors could enjoy seeing the sights.
It is characterized the twin hip-and-gable roof structure (hiyoku-irimoya-style), and hengaku written by Koetsu Honami hangs in front.
It was built in early Edo period (1622) by request of Koshitsu Honami supported by Maeda Family in Kaga.
It was built in Kamakura period.
It was moved from Aizen-dou in Kamakura 700 years ago.
It was designed by the famous architect Chuta Ito, it stores many scripts
written by the Founder Nichiren.
It enshrines Kiyomasa Kato, one of the most famous daimyo in Sengoku period.
From Nov 1 to Feb 10, hundreds of Buddhist priests practice severly every year.
The henguku hunged in front of the gate was written by Koetsu Honami, famous artist in Momoyama Period.
It was built for worshipping Jurasetsunyo, Kishibozin, Daikokusama.
It is also called Sou-mon (the main gate).
The founder Nichiren built the small shrine to dedicate the dragon god to pray for rain.
It enshrins Ugazin who is the guardian deity of Hokekyou-ji Temple.
It dedicates Hokushin Myouken Star that the Chiba Family deeply believed in , Hokekyoji traditionally succeeds. In November, Tori-no-ich is held in the site to dedicate the star.
The founder Nichiren preached first time at the Toki's castle called Wkakamiya Yakata. And Toki built a temple 'Hokkeji', it is the origin of Oku no In.
It was built in 1719 by famous caster Ota Suruga-no-kami in Kanda. It is the bigest great Buddha in Chiba prefecture.
Nichijo was the first abbot of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple and Naki Icho is a gingko tree having a sad legend.
There are some other landmarks in Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple.
Koetsu Honami specially remained his calligraphy in Hokekyo-ji Temple, and Shiki Masaoka, Kafu Nagai discribed it well.
Cherry blossoms in Hokekyoji are amazingly wonderful.
There are some noted spots, Kaii Higashiyama Memorial Hall and so on, near Hokekyoji.