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Yawata no Yabushirazu | The Mazelike Thicket at Yawata

八幡のやぶしらず
About 5 minutes walks along the Route 14th so called Chiba Kaido Highway from both Motoyawata Station and Keisei Yawata Station, there is a small forest opposite the city hall of Ichikawa City. This small forest has been one of the most famous spots in the city called Yawata no Yabushirazu (the mazelike thicket at Yawata). It is the famous story that Mito Komon (a sumurai lord in Edo period and grandson of Ieyasu Tokugawa) had got lost in it. And a tea stand for tourists in front of the bush appeared on an old photograph taken in about 100 years ago. Moreover, Yawata no Yabushirazu is a famous spot described in Daijirin, a Japanese dictionary. Actually Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple, Mama no Tsugihashi Bridge and Tekona are also described in, but Yawata no Yabushirazu is described as an idiom that it means 'a mazelike thicket', 'without end or without exit' and 'pointless'. Great writers such as Soseki Natsume, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Ranpo Edogawa and Yukio Mishima used Yawata no Yabushirazu to describe 'pointless' or so on in their masterpieces. And Sachio Ito, Kyoka Izumi, Yasuo Uchida, Ranpo Edogawa, Kyoshi Takahama, Kafu Nagai and Soseki Natsume introduced in their masterpieces.
Though Yawata no Yabushirazu is really small forest in Yawata, it might be the most famous spot in Ichikawa city.
Why don't you visit Yawata no Yabushirazu (the mazelike thicket at Yawata)?

Yawata no Yabushirazu or Yawata Shirazu no Mori

八幡のやぶしらずの森不知森神社

Yawata no Yabushirazu (the Mazelike thicket at Yawata) or Yawata Shirazu no Mori (the Forest People Living in Yawata Unperceiving)

There are a small shrine and a torii gate with the letters of 'Yawata Shirazu no Mori' on a framed writing in a small bamboo thicket opposite the city hall of Ichikawa City. This is Yawata no Yabushirazu (the mazelike thicket at Yawata) or Yawata Shirazu no Mori (the Forest People Living in Yawata Unperceiving). There are no adequate records when this woods has existed and when it began to be called 'Yawata no Yabushirazu', so some legends and stories have been told. According to Edo Meisho Zue (a guide book describing Edo in Edo period) and some guide books, one who enter into the thicket by mistake must incur a divine wrath, so it has been a famous spot since Edo period. And there was a tea stall opened there. So some books in Edo period introduce the woods as a noted spot. Moreover, Yawata no Yabushirazu is described in both Kojien and Daijirin, popular Japanese dictionaries, the great writers such as Soseki Natsume, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Ranpo Edogawa and Yukio Mishima used Yawata no Yabushirazu as an idiom that describes 'a mazelike thicket', 'without end or without exit' and 'pointless'. And Sachio Ito, Kyoka Izumi, Yasuo Uchida, Ranpo Edogawa, Kyoshi Takahama, Kafu Nagai and Soseki Natsume introduced in their masterpieces.
Anyway, when Mito Komon had heard the story of Hachimon Tonko no Jutsu, he was very interested in Yawata no Yabushirazu, so he visited Yawata and entered into Yabushirazu, finally he got lost in real. According to the legend of Ichikawa, Komon met an old man with gray hair and told him the way to go out.
Even now Yawata no Yabushirazu is very important forest as a precious green land where tall buildings stand. The forest called Yawata no Yabushirazu is an important asset of Katsushika Hachimangu Shrine and the sign board of the shrine tells that the thicket is designated as the Reserved Forest by the National Government. Yawata no Yabushirazu, the tiny forest, in the central part of Ichikawa City is preserved with many legends.
Anyway, Yawata no Yabushirazu, Senbon Icho Gingko Tree and the Stone Yoritomo's Horse Held were counted as three mysterious spots in Yawata.

The Reasons for Not Entering into Yawata no Yabushirazu

The Legends Telling the Ressons for No Entering into Yawata no Yabushirazu

  • 1.Don't enter into since it is a holy place where Yamatotakeru no Mikoto (the Prince Yamatotakeru) camped.
  • 2.Don't enter into since it is a holy place where Katsushika Hachimangu Shrine first built at.
  • 3.The place that Yawata no Yabushirazu located was unlucky direction for Masakado Taira, a great samurai worrier in Heian period, when he fought against the army sent by the Imperial Court.
  • 4.During subjugating Masakado Taira, Sadamori Taira set Hachimon Tonko no Jin, a skill used by ninja to disappear. After the battle, this place was remained as this is on the unlucky direction for Masakado Taira, then one who enter into the place must incur a devine wrath.
  • 5.Don't enter as noble men were buried in this place. (the tomb of Yoshimasa or Masakado Taira)
  • 6.The trusted vassals of Masakado Taira protected his head respectably in this place for long and they became the clay figures. They were lost by heavy rain and thunder. Therefore, one who enter into the place must incur a divine wrath.
  • 7.A dall of Masakado Taira was buried there.
  • 8.This place was a common land belonging to Gyotoku, so people living in Yawata could not enter into and it is called 'Yawata Shirazu' (people living in Yawata Unperceiving).

抜粋および参考
市川市ホームページ
葛飾八幡宮内御由緒書
市川市図書館ホームページ
江戸名所図会6 ちくま学芸文庫
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
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The Location and Access to Yawata no Yabushirazu

Yawata no Yabushirazu (the mazelike thicket at Yawata)

  • Yawata no Yabushirazu has great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
  • From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Keisei Yawata Sta, take minimally 45 minutes from Narita Airport. And also take JR Sobu-express line, transfer the line at Funabashi Sta to Sobu Local line, get off JR Motoyawata Sta.
  • From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Keisei Yawata Sta. And also take Keikyu-line bound to Shinagawa, transfer the line at Shinagawa to Yokosuka-line bound to Chiba or Narita International Airport, transfer teh line at Ichikawa Sta to Sobu Local line bound to Tsudanuma, Chiba, get off JR Motoyawata Sta.
  • Take 5 minute walk from Keisei Yawata Sta.
  • Take 3 minute walk from JR Motoyawata Sta.
  • 2-8 Yawata, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-ken

A Walk on Katsushika Hachimangu Shrine and Yawata

the zuishinmon gate of Hachimangu

Katsushika Hachimangu Shrine

Having long history and the national natural treasure Senbon Icho Tree stands in.
Yabushirazu at Yawata

Yawata no Yabushirazu Shirne

Having some legends in this tiny thicket, many writers introduced it in their masterpieces..

the cherry trees of ShirahataJinja Shrine

Shirahata Jinja Shrine

Very beautiful cherry blossoms along the approach way on the cliff.
plum trees at Shirahata Tenjin Shrine

Shirahata Tenjin Shirine

The shrine has monuments of Kafu Nagai, Rohan Koda and Kaishu Katsu.

wistarias in Koenji Temple in Miyakubo

Miyakubosan Koenji Temple

The noted wisteria trees called Choju Fuji are very popular and beautiful.
Miyonoin Shrine

Miyonoin Shrine

A small shrine standing quietly in residential area Sugano has some legends.

Myokendo Hall in Ankokuji Temple

Chokokusan Ankokuji Temple

The statue of Myoken Bosatsu in it has been very famous since Edo period.
Kabuto no Yashiro Shrine

Kabuto Jinja Shirne

Kabuto Jinja Shiren has some legends about the Kabuto helmet dedicated at.

The house of Yoko Mizuki a senario writer

Home of Yoko Mizuki, a Scenario Writer

Yoko Mizuki was a scenario writer who contributed on the motion picture world in Japan.
cherry trees along Mamagawa river

Cherry trees along Mamagawa River

The Mama-gawa River is the very famous spot to enjoy seeing the blooming Cherry Blossoms.

the gate of Shinmeiji Temple

Shinmeisha Shrine and Shinmeiji Temple

Shinmeisha Shrine and Shinmeiji Temple have their long history and the legend of Oguri Hangan.
cherry trees in Colton Plaza shopping mall

The Area Around Nikke Colton Plaza

Nikke Colton Plaza and some landmarks around are attractive and exciting to walk on.