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Nakayama is between Narita And Haneda International Airport

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The Yonsokumon Gate In Nakayama Hokekyoji

Yonsoku-mon is the important cultural property
Yonsokumon Gate in Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple is standing on the center of a small hill on the west of Soshido Hall. Hokkedo Hall is behind the gate. The views of them look that Nakayama Hokekyoji could had been in its beginning. Of course, it is just imagination, it is not so far as Nakayama Hokekyoji was built in Kamakura and Yonsokumon and Hokkedo was built in Muromachi Period. Moreover, according to the sign board beside the gate, Yonsokumon was moved from Aizendo in Kamakura, and Nichirenshu Kakuhonzan Meisho Zue (a guide book describing some headquater templss of Nichiren Sect) tells that Yoritsuna Taira said that he would build Aizendo in the western part of Kamakura. Though there is no adequate information whether it was built or not, it is an exciting place to see some old buildings built in the middle ages in Japan. Plum and azalea blossoms on the hill bloom and paint some buildings around them. Why don't you visit it?

Hokekyoji Yonsokumon Gate

Hokekyoji Yonsokumon Gate; The Important Cultural Property Designated by National Government

Date of Designation; May 24th of Taisho 5th (1916)
Date of Construction; Late Muromachi Period
Architectural Structure; Four-pillar Gate with hip-and-gable roofing covered with shingles only

The four pillar gate is called Yonsoku-mon, means that the gate has four legs. It was told that the gate might be that of Aizen-do at Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture moved to here in Nakayama. First it used to be the main gate to the main hall in Hokekyo-ji Temple. In Meiji Era, it was set on the place now on. Considering of the architectural structure, it seemed to be built in late Muromachi Period.
This gate is built with purely Zen-Sect style. The gate was designed with very rare structure that the main pillar stretched out nearly to the ridge and sub pillars stood on the both back and forth of the it are joined with the strong carved beam called Rainbow-shaped tie beams. There are no gate seen in Japan like this unique pillar that the shape of it is ellipse in section.
In addition, the gate with decorated with many sculptures is another feature, it presents well patterns and shapes on were frequently used each in late Muromachi Period. The decorations carved to be seen from the front only, therefore this gate originally connected with walls on both side. And Japanese style flat windows were adopted in its fixture to be given structural change. The pillars and beams were made with zelkova, and others were with hinoki cypress, cedar and cherry wood.
The Yonsoku-mon gate was tore down and repaired in Showa 10th (1935) and almost all materials used on it were changed new one, but some materials could be used on were reused in it to restore the cultural property as possible as its original.
March 1999 Ichikawashi Board of Education

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Yonsokumon Gate in spring

Yonsokumon Gate and azalea blossoms Yonsokumon Gate on the stone steps Yonsokumon Gate and Hokkedo Hall Plam blossoms and Yonsoku-mon
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The Access to Yonsokumon Gate In Nakayama Hokekyoji

Yonsokumon 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 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

the main building

Honin(Taikyakuden)・Kishibojindo(Sonshindo)

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.
cherry blossoms in Hokekyou-ji

The Four Seasons In Hokekyoji

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.

Soshi-dou, important cultural property

Soshido(Daido), the nationally important cultural property

It is characterized the twin hip-and-gable roof structure (hiyoku-irimoya-style), and hengaku written by Koetsu Honami hangs in front.
gojyu-no-tou, important cultural property

Goju-no-to (the five-story pagoda) , the nationally important cultural property

It was built in early Edo period (1622) by request of Koshitsu Honami supported by Maeda Family in Kaga.

Yon-soku-mon, important cultural property

Yon-soku-mon (the nationally important cultural property)

It was moved from Aizen-dou in Kamakura 700 years ago.

syougyou-den in Hokekyou-ji

Shougyoden (the treasure hall)

It was designed by the famous architect Chuta Ito, it stores many scripts written by the Founder Nichiren.
kiyomasa-kou dai-zingi-dou

Shogan-jyoujyu-kigan-do (kiyomasa-kou-dai-zingi-do)

It enshrines Kiyomasa Kato, one of the most famous daimyo in Sengoku period.

aragyou-dou in Hokekyou-ji

Aragyodo Hall (the hall where Buddhiist priests practice for 100 days in winter severly)

From Nov 1 to Feb 10, hundreds of Buddhist priests practice severly every year.
Deva Gate called the Red Gate or Triple Gate

The Nio-mon Gate (The Deva Gate)

The henguku hunged in front of the gate was written by Koetsu Honami, famous artist in Momoyama Period.

Setsu-dou in Hokekyou-ji

Setsu-do

It was built for worshipping Jurasetsunyo, Kishibozin, Daikokusama.
Black Gate of Hokekyou-ji

Black Gate(a tangible cultural asset by Ichikawa City)

It is also called Sou-mon (the main gate).

the hall of the eight great dragon gods

Hachidai-ryuo-do

The founder Nichiren built the small shrine to dedicate the dragon god to pray for rain.
Ugazin-dou in Hokekyou-ji

Ugazin-do

It enshrins Ugazin who is the guardian deity of Hokekyou-ji Temple.

Myoken-do in Hokekyo-ji

Myouken-do

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.
Hokekyo-ji Okuno-in

Oku-no-in (the first place where Nichren had preached at)

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.

daibutsu in Hokekyo-ji Temple

The Great Buddha(The Seated Statue of Shaka Nyorai)

It was built in 1719 by famous caster Ota Suruga-no-kami in Kanda. It is the bigest great Buddha in Chiba prefecture.
the first abbot, Nichijyo of Hokekyo-ji

The statue of Nichijo and Naki-Icho

Nichijo was the first abbot of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple and Naki Icho is a gingko tree having a sad legend.

letters by Koetsu Honami

The artists, poets and writers related to Hokekyoji Temple

Koetsu Honami specially remained his calligraphy in Hokekyo-ji Temple, and Shiki Masaoka, Kafu Nagai discribed it well.

Sakura and Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

The Popular Viewing Sakura Spot / Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

Cherry blossoms in Hokekyoji are amazingly wonderful.
Kaii Higashiyama Memorial Hall

A Walk on the the area around Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

There are some noted spots, Kaii Higashiyama Memorial Hall and so on, near Hokekyoji.