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Nakayama is between Narita And Haneda International Airport

中山・下総・散歩道

Ankokusan Soneiji Temple in Konodai

cherry blossoms over the gate of Soneijithe main hall of Ankokusan Soneiji Temple
the Tokugawa Family's crest on the windowsthe stone tablests and stone statues
Ankokusan Soneiji Temple was treated as a high ranked temple as same as Upper Class Daimyos by Edo Bakufu, so it seated the highest social rank in Edo period among the temples in Ichikawa City even though they had had their long histories and high ranked social positions. And it had very large land now Satomi Park is by early Meiji Era. Anyway, according to Edo Meisho Zue and Katsushikashi, Rakan no I well on the southwestern outskirt of Satomi Park was in the temple, and there were Ume, Sakura and Chinese hackberry planted by Dokan Ota existed in it. Visitors could enjoy seeing the crest of Tokugawa Family on the windows and some poems on the stone tablets with pretty stone sculptures in Soneiji Temple in every season.
Why don't you visit Ankokusan Soneiji Tenple?

Ankokusan Soneiji Temple

the signboard to tell  getting off the horsethe gate of Soneiji Temple
the tower gate of Soneiji Templecherry trees and the main hall of Soneiji
cherry trees in Soneiji Templethe approach road of Soneiji and Sakura

Ankokusan Soneiji Temple

Ankokusan Soneiji Temple was first built in Kashihara-go, Satsuki no Sho, Oumi Province (Oumi-cho, Sakata-gun, Shiga prefecture) by Ujiyori Sasaki, the lord of Kannonji Castle in the Oumi, and the first abbot was Tsugen Zenshi and it was belonging to Soto Shu Sect in Buddhism.
In 1575, Ujimasa Hojo, the lord of Odawarajo Castle in Sagami province donated the feudal estate having 20 kokus (about 3.5 tons) of the annual rice crop and he moved Soneiji Temple to Sekiyado in Shimousa province.
After several decades had passed, the priests worked at Soneiji Temple asked Ietsuna Tokugawa, the Fourth Shogun of Edo Bakufu, to move their temple to other area since Sekiyado had been flooded frequently, then the Bakufu gave Soneiji the feudal estate having 128.5 kokus and about 22 hectors of forest in Konodai area in 1663.
Soneiji Temple had had been appointed as an administrative temple of a sect since long time ago, the Bakufu gave it the power to control the all temples belonging to Soto Shu in Japan, so it was appointed as the grand administrator. Moreover, Ankokusan Soneiji Temple was treated as a high ranked temple as same as Upper Class Daimyos and the Bakufu also gave a mansion at Koishikawa, Edo. The stone signboard telling ride off the horses back in front of the gate implies how high the social position of it was.
At enforcing the educational system in 1872, a university of the first school district would be built in the site of Soneiji Temple, but it wasn't. The land for the university became the land for the army. In 1958, Satomi Park was opened on the land.
In Ankokusan Soneiji Temple, there are 2 Gorintos (grave stones like five story pagoda) for Masanobu Ogasawara and his wife moved from Sekiyado, a stone monument for Keikosai Ogawa and Yonakiishi (the stone crying at night) related the battle of Konodai.
In March 1979
The Board of Education Ichikawa City

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出典・抜粋・引用および参考
安国山総寧寺門前案内板
市川市ホームページ
江戸名所図会6 ちくま学芸文庫
新編 市川歴史探訪 崙書房
房総叢書 : 紀元二千六百年記念. 第8卷葛飾紀
房総叢書 : 紀元二千六百年記念. 第6卷葛飾誌略

The Location and Access to To Ankokusan Soneiji Temple

Ankokusan Soneiji Temple

3-10-1 Konodai, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-ken
  • Ankokusan Soneiji Temple 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.

Noted Scenic Spots along Edogawa River and near Konodai

Edogawa River

A Walk Along Edogawa River

The areas along the river have many noted spots that people could enjoy history and culture.
I-link Town Ichikawa

The Observatory on I-link Town Ichikawa

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

cherry blossoms in Satomi Park

A Walk Around Satomi Park

The park is the noted scenic spot to see cherry blossoms, roses and colored leaves with many historical heritages.
Soneiji Temple

Ankokusan Soneiji Temple

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

Yogo no Matsu in Zenyoji Temple

Zenyoji Temple

This temple is famous for Yoko no Matsu, the National Natural Property.
Junsaiike Pond Park

Junsaiike Pond Park

It has beautiful nature in every season and legends related to the Battles of Konodai.

Ekoin Branch Temple in Ichikawa

Ekoin Branch Temple in Ichikawa

Genkoji Temple, a branch temple of Ryogoku Ekoin has a beautiful garden and a mordern main hall with CafeTerrace Ekoin.
the monument of Nogiku no Haka

The Literature Monument of The Book 'Nogiku no Haka' and the Old Battlefield of Konodai

They are in Nogikuen Park and Sairenji Temple in Yagiri.