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Nakayama is in between Narita And Haneda International Airport

中山・下総・散歩道

Rakan no I Well found by Kobo Daishi Kukai

Rakan no I well found by Kobo DaishiRakan no I Well in Satomi Park
Near Edogawa River, walking down a slope on the south side of Satomi Park, walking down stone steps behind the rose garden of Satomi Park, there is a well called Rakan no I that has a legend that Kobo Daishi Kukai found. Has Kobo Daishi really come here? Nobody could agree with this legend easily. However, many heroes in history of Japan have come areas around Konodai since there was the provincial office of Shimousa built in. There are several other legends existed; Gyoki built Shimousa Kokubunji Temple and Mamasan Guhoji Temple near it. Kobo Daishi Kukai wrote the name of Guhoji in the flame hanged on the Sanmon Gate in Guhoji Temple. Moreover, Masakado Taira rode and fought, Yoritomo Minamoto pitched his camp near Konodai to collect samurai worriers in Shimousa and Kazusa to rise to his arms again. Dokan Ota built Konodaijo Castle in the area now Satomi Park is, of course he had strategic reasons but he might think there was Rakan no I well.
Why don't you visit Rakan no I well in Satomi Park?

Rakan no I well in Satomi Park

Rakan no I well

Rakan no I well is a well having a legend that Kobo Daishi Kukai found and it was introduced on Edo Meisho Zue (a guide book of Edo in Edo period). The well is on the southern slope of Satomi Park, and this spring has never stopped gushing out for several hundred years. In Sengoku Period, many samurai worriers stayed in Konodaijo Castle could drink water of Rakan no I well. (Now, the water of Rakan no I well is not drinkable.)
Satomi Park and Konodai is on the Shimousa Plateau, so there are not good springs and wells. These environments would be created the legend that Kobo Daishi Kukai found Rakan no I well.


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The Location and Access to Rakan no I Well in Satomi Park

Rakan no I Well in Satomi Park

  • Rakan no I Well in Satomi Park has great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
  • From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Konodai Sta, take minimally 45 minutes from Narita Airport. And also take Keisei Narita Sky Access line bound to Nippori Sta or Haneda International Airport and get off Shin Kamagaya Sta, transfer the line to Hokuso line bound to Nishi Magome or Haneda International Airport and get off Yakiri Sta.
  • From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Konodai Sta. And also take Keikyu-line bound to Inba Nihon Daigaku (Nihon University) and get off Yakiri Sta.
  • Take 10 minute walk from Konodai and Yakiri Sta.
  • 3-9 Konodai, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-ken

The Noted Scenic Spots in and around Satomi Park

Sakura Festival held in Satomi Park

Satomi Park (the remains of Konadaijo Castle)

Visitors find nature, history and culture in this area.
Rose Festival held in Satomi Park

Four Seasons in Satomi Park

Visotors enjoy seeing beautiful cherry blossoms, roses and colored leaves.

Rakan no I well

Rakan no I Well

Rakan no I Well has a legend that Kobo Daishi Kukai found

the stone coffin of Akedo Mound

The Stone Coffins of Akedo Old Mound

They are intorduced in Edo Meisho Zue in Edo period.

The Tea Ceremony Room of Oribe

The Tea Room of Shikisei Oribe School of Tea Ceremony

It is the intangible cultural property registered by Chiba
the main hall of Soneiji Temple

Ankokusan Soneiji Temple

It was treated as a high ranked temple as same as Upper Class Daimyos by Edo Bakufu.

Konodai Tenmangu Shrine in fall

Konodai Tenmangu Shrine

It is famous for a traditional event called 'Tsujikiri'.
early summer in Junsaike Pond Park

Junsaiike Pond Park

Many flowers bloom and many birds come this water park .

Edogawa River

A Walk Along Edogawa River

There are many exciting noted spots along this river, Yoko no Matsu in Zenyoji, Koiwa Iris Garden, Yagiri no Watashi Ferry, Shinozaki Ponyland and so on are very wonderful..
Tekona Reishindo Shrine and sakura

A Walk On Tekona and Mama

Tekona, the subject of many poems in the Anthology of a Myriad Leaves, Mamasan temple connects with Gyoki, Kobo and Issa Kobayashi. It is good place to walk along.

回向院別院の庭園

Ekoin Branch Temple in Ichikawa

Genkoji Temple, a branch temple of Ryogoku Ekoin has a beautiful garden and CafeTerrace Ekoin.
アイリンクタウン展望施設

The Observatory on I-link Town Ichikawa

It commands a panoramic view of Mt.Fuji behind Tokyo.