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Nakayama is between Narita And Haneda International Airport

中山・下総・散歩道

Onjuin Temple Successing Traditional Ascetic Practices

the approach of Onjuin Temple the wooden gate of Onjuin Temple the woods in Onjuin Temple
Aragyodo Hall of Onjuin Temple the main hall of Onjuin Temple
an old big plum tree in Onjuin Temple white plum blossoms in the sky
cherry trees in front of the gate Aragyo Hall and cherry blossoms
pink cherry blossoms beside the gate cherry trees in Onjuin Temple
Soon after passing through the Niomon Gate of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple, there are a stone pillar with red letters and a large gatepost, and turning to left, there is a simple wooden gate strongly standing the end of the gateway to Onjuin Temple. Onjuin Temple has carried on the tradition and the history of Nichiren Sect in Nakayama region.
Onjuin Temple is famous for the temple to deliver the Nichiren Sect's traditional style of ascetic practices for monks for 400 years. According to the information of Onjuin Temple, the priests in Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple decided to select a faithful priest having strong lofty aspiration and hard working to study whom would have been handed down the ideas of the founder Nichiren, the verenable Nissho was the first priest selected in November 20th of 1591. And Nissho built a new temple 'Enritsubo' to practice religious austerity (aragyo), this was the begining of Onjuin Temple.
In 1597, the 12th abbot of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple, the verenable Nikko decided that the chair of the abbot would be taken in rotation system with 3 temples, Myokokuji Temple in Sakai Osaka, Chomyoji Temple and Honpoji Temple in Kyoto. A term with 3 years could be so short for an abbot to complete all duties for him, then Nikko decided that the abbot of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple is the Denshi (a teacher or a missionary deliver the Nichiren Sect's traditional style) and the vice Denshi assigned to be intent delivering.
The verenable Onjuin Nichikyu (1662-1727) was selected the first vice Denshi and the third chief priest of Enritsubo Temple. He inherited the shochuzan's orthodox method of exorcisms succeeded directly from the Founder Nichiren from Nissho. Nichikyu completed one thousand days of austerities, established rules for one hundred days of harsh austerities (aragyo), and compiled "The sacred book on the transmission of prayers" (Kito-soden-sho). He has been looked up to the restorer of the exorcisms. His successor, the venerable Nichigyo of the forth chief priest named Enritsubo after Onjuin as he respected Nichikyu's profound scholarship and contribution.
The chief priests or Denshi of Onjuin Temple has delivered the all ritual forms completed by Nichikyu for 400 years.
Moreover, the one hundred days of aragyo from November 1st to Febraury 10th has held.
Tokugawa Shogun Family, Maeda Family the second larghest daimyo in Edo period, Ota Family descendants of Dokan Ota and many people has believed in Onjuin Temple faithfully for long ages. Passing through the gate, there is a big old plam tree presented by the Maeda Family in front of Omotedo building, and there are big basins presented by the Tokugawa Shogun Family between the Omotedo and the main hall of Onjuin Temple. They must give you some traditional and histrical inspiration to visitors.
Why don't you visit Onjuin Temple?


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遠寿院 門前案内板「荒行堂遠寿院略縁起」
遠寿院 境内案内板「祈祷中興遠壽院日久上人」
遠寿院 境内案内板「古木梅由来」
遠寿院 境内案内板「荒行堂旧水盤由来」
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The Former Basins Presented by The Tokugawa Family

the basin given by Tokugawa Family

The Old Plam Tree Presented by The Maeda Family

the old plum tree given by Maeda Family white ume blossoms and the blue sky
the ume tree in front of the main hall the plum tree in front of Aragyodo Hall

The Location and Access to Onjuin Temple

Shochuzan Onjuin Temple

  • Onjuin 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 1 minute walk from Keisei-Nakayama Sta, and take 5 minutes walk from Shimousa-Nakayama Sta.
  • 2-3-2 Nakayama, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-ken

The Landmarks Neighbor Of Nakayama Hokekyo-ji Temple

Nakayama Okunoin

Nakayama Oku-no-in

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.
Onjyu-in Temple

Onju-in Temple

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.

Higashiyama Kaii Memorial Hall

Higashiyama Kaii Memorial Hall

This small gallary has wonderful works of the great painter Kaii Higashiyama, so he lived in Nakayama.
Fujiwara Kannondo Hall

Fujiwara Kannondo Hall

Fujiwara Kannondo Hall has the legend of the great swordsman Mushashi Miyamoto, sometimes it was his hideaway.

Seikaen Garden

Seikaen Garden

A peaceful place to rest on the way to Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple is Seikaen. It has the branch office of the city hall.
Shinmei-ji Temple

Shinmeisha Shrine and Shinmeiji Temple

Shinmeisha Shrine and Shinmeiji Temple have their long history and the legend of Oguri Hangan.

Shogyo-ji Temple

Shogyoji Temple

It preserves the seated statue of Nichiren and Yosobei Kajikawa's mementoes. It also has the side story of The Forty-Seven Ronins.
Ubayama Shell Mound

Ubayama Shell Mound

This shell mound designated as the National Historic Site and was formed from middle to late Jomon period.

Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple

Ryukyosan Myoshoji Temple

The sacred temple covered with holy cherry trees is famous for the legend of Seven Sutra Mound and Shichifukujin in Ichikawa.
Homensan Anrakuji Temple

Homensan Anrakuji Temple

The first nunnery of Nichiren Sect built by the Princess Tokiwai, the legend said ther daughter of the Emperor drifted to Ichikawa.

Takaishigami Jinja Shrine

Takaishigami Jinja Shrine

The shrine related to the battles of Konodai in Sengoku Period.
Awa Jinja Shrine

Awa Jinja Shrine

It has the legend of the young samurai Hirotsugu Satomi.

Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine

Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine

A small shrine relates to the Founder Nichiren, Nichijo and the Prince Yamato Takeru.
Tamonin Temple in Nakayama

Tamonin Temple and the Futago Fuji Pond

The temple and the pond related to the Founder Nichiren.

Myoken Jinja Shirne in Terauchi

Myoken Jinja Shrine in Terauchi

It is the guardian deity of this town Kafu Nagai had visited.
Kazura no I well in Katsushika

Kazura no I well in Katsushika

A well became famous as Kafu Nagai introduced in his essay.

Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

It was built in Kamakura period and visitors could enjoy seeing cherry blossoms blooming over some cultural properties in it.
cherry trees along Mamagawa river

Cherry trees along Mamagawa River

The Mama-gawa River is the very famous spot to enjoy seeing the blooming Cherry Blossoms.

cherry trees in Colton Plaza shopping mall

The Area Around Nikke Colton Plaza

Nikke Colton Plaza and some landmarks around are attractive and exciting to walk on.
Sskura in Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

The Popular Viewing Sakura Spot / Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

It is very popular viewing sakura spot and thousands of people visit and enjoy seeing sakura.