Koensan Shiseiin Dairenji Temple in Urayasu
Koensan Shiseiin Dairenji Temple has a long history and it has a legend
that it had dedicated a statue of Seishi Bosatsu (Maha-sthama-prapta) carved
by Gyoki Bosatsu
. Its principle image is Amyda Nyorai, and it belongs to Jodo Shu
. It is a branch temple of Shiba Zojoji Temple in Tokyo
The approach to the main gate with beautiful green trees gives visitors
comfortable feelings as to forget their ordinal life. Through the gate,
there are hundreds of pretty jizos with hundreds of colorful pinwheels
carefully dedicated on the right side of the approach roads to the main
hall, and Jizobosatsu (Ksitigarbha) holding a baby on his left hand on
the end of the jizos look at them and visitors passing through the gate
gently. The back gate called Kuromon was given by Kuroda Family famous
for the leading Samurai Worriers, Kanbei and Nagamasa Kuroda, Kuromon Gate
was used for the entrance gate of the riding ground of their residence
. And the monument of honor Ryohei Otsuka
and Rokurobei Udagawa's tomb
are in the temple, they worked hard to promote the marine products industries
of Urayasu. In addition, it is only a temple having the bell tower
City. The gardens are well organized. Moreover, Koensan Shiseiin Dairenji
Temple is the 33rd temple of the 33 Pilgrimage in Urayasu and Gyotoku
Why don't you visit Koensan Seishiin Dairenji Temple?
Koensan Seishiin Dairenji Temple
The History of Koensan Seishiin Dairenji Temple
According to some legends, Koensan Seishiin Dairenji Temple was started
as a small temple called Seishiin that had dedicated a statue of Seishi
Bosatsu (Mahasthamaprapta) carved by Gyoki in early 700. When he visited
, he carved a statue of Juichimen Kannon (Eleven Faced Kannon) in Chibadera
Temple from a cherry tree, and he carved the Seishi Bosatsu from the same
tree. Then he built the Seishiin Temple in Horie in Urayasu to dedicate
In March 1544, the venerable Kakuyo Sonei, the chief priest of Dairenji
Temple in Odawara
built Dairenji in Horie since he was deeply impressed when he had seen
the sculpture carved by Gyoki.
Anyway, the Seishi Bosatsu was lost in a fire in Edo period
The Bell Tower in Dairenji Temple
The Bell Tower is called 'Shoro' in Japanese, thus it is a building where
a bell is struck on. This Bell Tower was built to recall the contribution
of the venerable Gakuyo in 1734, Gakuyo became the abbot of Shiba Zojoji
Temple in Tokyo.
The bell hanged on the tower is used to tell time to farmers working on their fields on busy seasons until May 23rd and on New Year's Eve every year.
The bell was casted again in 1877 as it was rusted. But it was donated to the Government in January 1943 since some resources to continue the war in the WWII were insufficient.
The bell now in Dairenji Temple was casted by Hidezane and Masahiko Katori in 1951, over 400 supporters of the temple saved 30 yens in each monthly as the fund to recreate the bell.
The Monument of Honor for Ryohei Otsuka designated as the municipal cultural
asset of Urayasu City
Ryohei Otsuka was born in Horie in 1849. He loved to study haiku poems
in his youth and he named 'Shukoan Chogetsu' as his haigo (pen name of
haiku poet). One year after the educational system had enforced in 1872,
he opened Horie Elementary School as the first elementary school in Urayasu.
He worked hard as a school officer, a chief officer at the town office,
a director of dike, an officer at the Imperial Household and a keeper of
Shinhama Kamoba (Shinhama Imperial Wild Duck Preserve) so he successively
held various posts in public offices. He became the leader of the Fishermen's
Union, and representative in the advisory committee of the marine products
industry in Tokyo Bay since 1884, and he actively worked to promote the
industry in Urayasu.
To enrich people's lives in Urayasu, Ryohei and some cooperated persons
in Kasai and Fukagawa
applied for a plan to set a laver culture in Tokyo Bay near Fukagawa to
the Government of Tokyo Metropolis. First, few people could understand
how this plan would look promising, Ryohei persevered to persuade people
and he finally gained the right to use 15% area in the 330,000 square-meter
area in Tokyo Bay near Echujima seashore. Later, it would be one of the
key industries in Urayasu, but Ryohei could not see it since he had died
at age of 41 in 1885.
The monument in Koensan Seishiin Dairenji Temple was built for his honor and contribution by the villagers in Urayasu 1892.
The Short Summary of Rokurobei Udagawa
Rokurobei Udagawa was born in Horie in 1833. He studied at Shoeizaka Gakumonjo
(a school directly managed by Edo Bakufu in Yushima, Kanda
, Edo), and he opened a school at his house to teach studies and Kendo
(training how to use sword).
In early Meiji Era, people in Urayasu were in trouble because it had spent much time to check boats passing through the gate house at Nakagawa River (Ojima in Koto-ku) and marine products carried from Urayasu had been spoiled while checking their boats. Then, Rokubei negotiated with the magistrate of the gate, so the boats from Horie could pass through the gate without any checks. Moreover, he solved some struggles with other villages peacefully. In addition, he opened a fish market named 'Maru U' at Nakasu (Hamagashi) to increase the fishermen's income. Therefore, he was deeply trusted and appreciated by the villagers.
Rokurobei Udagawa contributed a lot, and in 1893, he passed away at his age 60.
- Koensan Shiseiin Dairenji Temple has a great accessibility from both Narita
and Haneda International Airport.
- From Narita International Airport, take JR Sobu-express line, transfer
the line at Nishi-funabashi to Tozai line of Tokyo Metro bound to Nakano
or Mitaka, get off Myoden Sta. And also take Keisei-line, transfer the
line at Funabashi to Sobu-Local line, and transfer the line at Nishi-funabashi
to Tozai line of Tokyo Metro bound to Nakano or Mitaka, get off Urayasu
Sta. It takes minimally 60 minutes from Narita Airport.
- From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, transfer
the line at Nihonbashi to Tozai line of Tokyo Metro bound to Nishifunabashi,
Tsudanuma or Katsutadai, get off Urayasu Sta.
- From Tokyo (Otemachi) Sta, take Tozai line of Tokyo Metro bound to Nishi-funabashi,
Tsudanuma or Katsutadai, get off Urayasu Sta.
- From Akihabara Sta, take Sobu line bound to Chiba, Tsudanuma or Nishi Funabashi,
transfer the line at Nishifunabashi to Tozai line of Tokyo Metro, get off
- Take 5 minute walk from Urayasu Sta.
Koensan Shiseiin Dairenji Temple
4-14-2 Horie, Urayasu-shi, Chiba-ken