Yonakiishi | a stone telling sad story in Sengoku Period
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?
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.
Anyway, in the page 'The Mysterious Spots
', some spots having some mysterious and wonderful stories are introduced.
Please see the page.
Yonakiishi in Satomi Park
- 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
Visitors find nature, history and culture in this area.
Visotors enjoy seeing beautiful cherry blossoms, roses and colored leaves.
The House of Hakushu Kitahara
Rakan no I Well has a legend that Kobo Daishi Kukai found
Yonaki Ishi (the stone cries at night)
A stone tells the sad story of Sengoku Period.
The stone tablets are related to the battle of Konodai
They are intorduced in Edo Meisho Zue in Edo period.
It is the intangible cultural property registered by Chiba
It was treated as a high ranked temple as same as Daimyos.
It is famous for a traditional event called 'Tsujikiri'.
Many flowers bloom and many birds come this water park .
There are many noted spots along this river.
Tekona, Mamasan temple and some landmarks in it. It is good place to walk
Genkoji Temple, a branch temple of Ryogoku Ekoin has a beautiful garden
and CafeTerrace Ekoin.
It commands a panoramic view of Mt.Fuji behind Tokyo.