The Nio-mon Gate (The Deva Gate) In Nakayama Hokekyo-ji
The Niomon Gate (The Deva Gate ) In Nakayama Hokekyo-ji
The Niomon Gate of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple could be seen from JR Shimousa
Nakayama Station, passing through Keisei Nakayama Station and the Soumon Gate
, the giant red gate appears on the top of the slope under the sky. The
Niomon gate is also called 'Akamon (the red gate)' and 'Sanmon (the triple
or temple's gate). A hundred years ago, the gate could be seen from the
northern part of Gyotoku
area as there were no tall buildings. There are no records when this gate
was built but it could be there in Edo period
as it was fixed in late Edo period and it was drawn in Edo Meisho Zue
a guide book published in late Edo period. The framed letters 'Sho-Chuzan'
on the center of the gate was written by the famous artist in early Edo
Period, Koetsu Honami
. It is a cultural property designated by Ichikawa city
Behind the Niomon gate, there are many cherry trees planted lined along
the approach road, and thousands of visitors come to see the cherry blossoms
in spring. Why don't you visit it?
Koetsu Honami And The Framed Letters On The Gate
Koetsu Honami was an well-talented artist lived in Kyoto from Azuchi-Momoyama to Edo Period
Koetsu was born in a branch familly of the distinguished sword appraiser of Honami Family. He is the first son of Koji Honami. His popular name is jirosaburo, later he was named Koetsu, and his pseudonym was Jitokusai, Tokuyusai and Taikyoan
He worke on his family business of sharpening and appraising swords, and he also had some deep knowledge and distinguished skills of the calligraphy, the ceramic art, the gold sprinkled lacquer ware and the tea ceremony. He created the his own school to teach the calligraphy, so he wrote a lot of tankas on the writing paper which Sotatsu Tawaraya and some artists had painted on, so they took the symphony in color. Therefore he was entitled 'Kanei-no-sanhitsu' (the great calligrapher in Kanei period ) along with Tadanobu Konoe and Akinori Shokado. 'Kingindeishitaesikishi' possessed in Yamatobunkakan in Nara city is famous. Two ceramic tea bowls 'Fujisan' and 'Amekumo' were the masterpieces of his works, and they are the National Treasures. On the gold sprinkled lacquer ware, he adopted the classics a lot, he used leads, tin and blue shells on 'Funabashi-makie-suzuri-bako' (the national treasure in Tokyo Metropolitan Museum). He created his school on the ceramic arts called 'Koetsu-rakuyaki' and japan arts called 'Koetsu-makie'. And he published 'Sagabon-Isemonogatari' printed by magnificent kana letters with Soan Sumikura. He learned 'the tea ceremony' by Oribe Furuta, then he was devoted to Jou Takeno's school.
Koetsu was given the land in Takagamine in north Kyoto in 1615 by Ieyashu
Tokugawa, the first Shogun of Edo Shogunate, then he created the art village
there with his family and his followers together.
In spring, thousands of visitors pass through the gate and enjoy seeing
the cherry blossome
The Access to The Nio-mon Gate In Nakayama Hokekyoji
The Nio-mon Gate (The Deva Gate) In Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple
- Yonsokumon Gate in Nakayama Hokekyouji Temple has great accessibilities 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 2 minute walk from Keisei-Nakayama Sta, and take 5 minutes walk from
- 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.