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Nakayama is in between Narita And Haneda International Airport

中山・下総・散歩道

a walk on the founder Nichiren 日蓮大聖人ゆかりの散歩道

A Walk on the Founder Nichiren

Nakayama Hokekyoji TempleNakayama Okunoin Temple
The area where the grand head temple of Nichiren Shu Sect, Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple stands is sometimes called 'Nichiren's Town' since there are many temples belonging to Nichiren Shu in Ichikawa city, and Nichiren, the founder of the sect had visited Nakayama and Wakamiya several times. Moreover, these temples have some stories and legends connecting with Nichiren.
When Nichiren had suffered persecution at Matsubagaya in Kamakura in 1260, he came to Wakamiya counting on Jonin Toki's support. That is now Nakayama Okunoin Temple standing. Then, Jonin Toki and his co-workers, Noriakira Ota, Norinobu Soya and so on believed in him, and some legends connecting with his preach were born. Myoshoji Temple in Kitakata konwn as the sacred land of Cherry Trees has the legends of an incarnation of a white snake named Myosho and the seven sutras' mounds. Anrakuji in Houme has the legend of the Princess Tokiwai is the first nun of Nichiren Sect. They are deeply connected with his preach. And Shogyoji Temple in Kashiwai known as 'the scared place of the drums' has some stories with Nichiren. In addition, the stone tablet scribed a tanka poem created by Nichiren is standing beside Mama no Tsugihashi Bridge on the approach road to Mamasan Guhoji Temple.
On this page, some noted spots connected with the Founder Nichiren are introduced. Why don't you visit them?

The Noted Spots Connected with the Founder Nichiren

the main hall in Nakayama Hokekyoji

Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

There are the National Propeties, Important Cultural Properties and many documents preserved in this temple.
Nakayama Okunoin Temple in spring

Nakayama Okunoin Temple

The Founder Nichiren preached first time at this temple, it was called Wkakamiya yakata near Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple.

Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine

Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine

The Founder Nichiren stayed the main hall of this shrine at his first visit of Nakayama.
Hojusan Tamonji Temple

Hojusan Tamonji Temple

The statue of Bishamonten dedicating in this temple was carved by the Founder Nichiren.

Mamasan Guhoji Temple

Mamasan Ghhoji Temple

Tachi Daikokuten dedicated in this temple was carved by the Founder Nichiren.
Mama no Tsugihashi bridge

Mama no Tsugihashi

There is a stone tablets inscribed a tanka created by the Founder Nichiren beside the bridge.

Chokokusan Ankokuji Temple

Chokokusan Ankokuji Temple

It was built by Norinobu Soya, the great supporter of Nichiren when he stayed at Nakayama.
Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple

Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple

An incarnation of a white snake named Myosho by the Founder Nichiren had lived.

Homesan Anrakuji Temple

Homesan Anrakuji Temple

The Princess Tokiwai who deeply believed in the Founder Nichiren built this temple.
Kontosan Shogyoji Temple

Kontosan Shogyoji Temple

A priest belonged to Ji Shu Sect believed in Nichirenand he was named Nichisho built this temple.

Soyasan Horenji Temple

Soyasan Horenji Temple

It was built by Norinobu Soya, the great supporter of Nichiren when he stayed at Nakayama.
Ono Tenmangu Shrine in Honkoji

Ono Tenmangu Shrine

The picture of Sugawara no
Michizane was dedicated by the Founder Nichiren.

The Locations of the Noted Spots Connected with Nichiren


Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple 2-10-1 Nakayama Ichikawa-shi
Nakayama Okunoin Temple 2-21-1 Wakamiya Ichikawa-shi
Mamasan Guhoji Temple 4-9-1 Mama Ichikawa-shi
Mama no Tsugihashi Bridge 4-7-24 Mama Ichikawa-shi
Chokokusan Ankokuji Temple 1-35-1 Soya Ichikawa-shi
Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple 4-2122 Kitakata-cho Ichikawa-shi
Homesan Anrakuji Temple 127 Home-cho Ichikawa-shi
Kontosan Shogyoji Temple 1-1696 Kashiwai-cho Ichikawa-shi
Soyasan Horenji Temple 4-2946 Ono-cho Ichikawa-shi
Koinsan Honkoji Temple 3-1695-1 Ono-cho Ichikawa-shi