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Nakayama is in between Narita And Haneda International Airport

中山・下総・散歩道

Lighthouse (Tomyo-dai) in Funabashi Daijingu Shrine

船橋大神宮の灯明台千葉県指定有形民俗文化財の灯明台
Lighthouse (Tomyo-dai) in Funabashi Daijingu on a small hill called Mt. Sengen on the right of the haiden hall of the shrine is an old lighthouse designated as a cultural property by Chiba prefecture. Some youngers and some alians of Funabashi City wondered why a lighthouse is in the shrine or in the business district far away from the sea. On a map edited in Meiji Eara, there were rice fields and the sea near by the south gate of Funabashi Daijingu. Moreover, Kafu Nagai, a famous writer lived in Ichikawa City after WWII, described the views in Funabashi City at that time several times in his diary 'Danchotei Nichijo', it tells 'In June 27th of 1946, I went to Funabashi by Keisei Line, and it was about 6 months after I had left Atami City, I saw the sea in between trees again. That's fine.' These sentences tell that there was the sea near Funabashi Station. Anyway, Minato-cho means 'Port Town' is on the southwest of the shrine, so it was natural that there was a lighthouse on the hill in Funabashi Daijingu.
This Tomyo-dai is excitingly wonderful, it would be designed in Japanese style, so it looks magnificent and strong like a Japanese Castle. Why don't you visit it?

Lighthouse (Tomyo-dai)

Lighthouse (Tomyo-dai)

Prefecture-Designated Cultural Properties (Tangible/Folk-culture)
Date of Designation: May 1, 1962 (Showa 37)
Administrator: Organization for the Preservation of 'Funabashi Dai-Jingu Lighthouse'

Boats sailing along the Funabashi coastline once used a lighthouse located inside the grounds of O-hi Shrine (current Funabashi Dai-jingu) as a landmark. Unfortunately it, along with th shrine pavilion, was destroyed by fire the Boshin War in 1868 (Keio 4).
Reconstructed in 1880 by the local people, current lighthouse was then formally approved by the Meiji government, and continued its operation until 1805. Located at a height of 27 meters above sea level. It was named 'Sengen-yama Lighthouse' after the shrine of the same name (Sengen Jinja) upon the grounds of which the lighthouse was constructed.
This building's first and second floor interior designs are Japanese, and the third is western style and hexagonal structure. The light source consists of their petroleum lamps and three reflex mirrors made of tin. The light could be seen from a distance of approximately 6 mautical miles (11 kilometers). The light employs no lens but the technology was quite current for its time.

Funabashi City Board of Education

From the signboard under the Lighthouse / Tomyo-dai


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灯明台下案内板
「新版 断腸亭日乗 第六巻」 岩波書店

The Location and Access to Tomei-dai in Funabashi Daijingu

Tomei-dai (the Lighthouse) in Funabashi Daijingu Shrine


the landmarks near Funabashi Station

The map to the landmarks near Funabashi Station

The map to the noted spots near Funabashi Station

  • Tomei-dai (the Lighthouse) in Funabashi Daijingu Shrine has great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
  • From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Daijingu Shita Sta, take minimally 45 minutes from Narita Airport. And also take JR Sobu-express line, and get off Funabashi Sta.
  • From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Daijingu Shita Sta.
  • Take 1 minute walk from Daijingu Shitai Sta and take 13 minute walk from Funabashi Sta.
  • 5-2-1 Miyamoto, Funabashi-shi, Chiba-ken (on the right of the haiden hall of Funabashi Daijingu)

The Noted Spots in and near Funabashi Daijingu Shrine

Oohi Jinja / Funabashi Daijingu

Oohi Jinja (Funabashi Daijingu)

It was an old shrine built by the Prince Yamato Takeru.
Tokiwa Jinja in Funabashi Daijingu

Tokiwa Jinja Shrine

It dedicates the Prince Yamato Takeru and Ieyasu Tokugawa.

the Lighthouse in Funabashi Daijingu

Tomyo Dai / the Lighthouse

It looks maginificent and strong like a Japanese Castle.
Funabashi Toshogu Shrine

Funabashi Toshogu Shrine

It is the smallest Toshogu dedicating Ieyasu Tokugawa.

Taihouzan Jiunji in Funabashi

Taihouzan Jiunji Temple

The principle image of it said to be carved by Gyoki.
Morojinja in Funabashi

Moro Jinja Shrine

This shrine is appeared on the last page of Edo Meisho Zue.

海老川千本桜(千葉県船橋市)

Ebigawa Senbon Sakura

Ebigawa is a popular spot for viewing cherry blossoms.
入日神社(千葉県船橋市)

Irihi Jinja Shrine in Funabashi

This small shrine was built where Yamato Takeru had landed on.