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Yonakiishi | a stone telling sad story in Sengoku Period

the remains of Satomijo CastleThe Momorial for Samurai and Yonakiishi Yonakiishi (the stone cries at night)The Momorial for Samurai of Satomi Clans
On the north of the rose garden in Satomi Park, there is a large round stone on the stone wall apparently the castle in Sengaku Period. It is called Yonakiishi (the stone cries at night). Satomi Park is a municipal park built on the remains of Konodaijo Castle built in Sengoku Period. About 500 years ago, the battles between Satomi Clan in Awa and Hojo Clan in Sagami Province happened in this area called Konodai. Finally, the Hojo won and the Satomi lost, and there are many legends has existed in the area along Edogawa River such as in Edogawa-ku and Hime Miya Shrine in Junsaiike Park and Awa Jinja Shrine near Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple in Ichikawa city. Yonakiishi is an important historical assets telling the stories of the second battle of Konodai in 1564.
Why don't you visit Yonakiishi in Satomi Park?

Yonakiishi (the stone cries at night)

The Legend of Yonakiishi

According to some old stories, there were thousands of the war dead at the battles in Konodai in 1564, and Hirotsugu Satomi, the son of Yoshihiro Satomi, the head of Satomi Family, was dead, then the youngest daughter of Hirotsugu came to the battle fields in Konodai from Awa province to hold a memorial service for her father. At that time, she was 12 or 13 years old girl, she was passed away with pity and fear when she was shocked looking at the ghastly sight at the battlefields.
After her death, neighbors had heard sobbing from a stone every day at night. Therefore, they called the stone 'Yonakiishi (the stone cries at night). After a sumurai visited and held a memorial service for the pity princess, the sobbing never heard anymore.
Now according to the records of the second battles of Konodai in 1564, Hirotsugu Satomi was only 15 years old boy and it was his first campaign.
This story might be created since there had been the memorial stone tablet for Hirotsugu Satomi on the next of Akedo Old Mound in Satomi Park.

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夜泣き石前案内板より
Anyway, in the page 'The Mysterious Spots', some spots having some mysterious and wonderful stories are introduced. Please see the page.


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The Access To Yonakiishi

Yonakiishi in Satomi Park


the map along Edo River

The map of the noted spots along Edo River

PDF of the map of the noted spots along Edo River

  • Yonakiishi 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

Yonaki Ishi in Satomi Park

Yonaki Ishi (the stone cries at night)

A stone tells the sad story of Sengoku Period.
the memorial for Satomi's

The Momorial for Samurai of Satomi Clans

The stone tablets are related to the battle of Konodai

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 Daimyos.
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 noted spots along this river.

Tekona Reishindo Shrine and sakura

A Walk On Tekona and Mama

Tekona, Mamasan temple and some landmarks in it. 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.

the observatory on I-link Town Ichikawa

The Observatory on I-link Town Ichikawa

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