Enmyoin Temple in Gyotoku | The 23th Temple
Getting off the subway at Gyotoku Station and going to Edogwa river, there
is a wonderful temple suitably called the 23th temple of the 33 Pilgrimage in Gyotoku and Urayasu
On the middle of the approach road, an old wooden gate stands, and there
are a statue of Jizo for children's health and safe and 6 jizo statues
for people's happiness standing in the temple. Moreover, Edo Meisho Zue
(a guide book introducing Edo
in Edo period
) describes a small shrine dedicating Benzaiten.
Enmyoin Temple is exactly the 23rd temple of the 33 Pilgrimage in Gytoku and Urayasu. Why don't you visit Enmyoin Temple in Gyotoku.
Suisosan Enmyoin Temple
The History of Suisosan Enmyoin Temple
It is said that Kakugen a priest belonged to Shingon sect built Enmyoin Temple in 1560.
Even though most buildings in Enmyoin Temple has lost several times by disasters such as fires and tsunamis, the main gate (Sanmon Gate) and a fire bell only exist.
The main gate was built in 1738 and it was renovated in 1992. This gate is the oldest building in Gyotoku area that the construction date is exactly recorded.
The fire bell was made by Yukai in 1788. On its surface, the area name '下総國本湊村 (Honninato village in Shimousa province)' and the temple's name '水奏密山圓明教院 (Suisomitsusan Emnyoin)' are carved.
The main hall was rebuilt in 1981.
The Events and Landmarks in Suisosan Enmyoin Temple
On the left side of the main gate, there is a Benzaiten shrine that there
are no records who and when built it, but it was described in an old map
of Edo that the Benzaiten in Honminato village is one of 3 Bentens in Katsushika.
A Jizo for raising children standing left side of the approach road was built in 1977 by the 18th chief priest of this temple to pray for children's sound health and traffic safety.
The 6 jizos standing right side of the approach was built in 1999 by Denichi Yajima, the leading supporter to pray for the all people's happiness.
The Main Gate (Sanmon Gate) of Suisosan Enmyoin Temple
The Sanmon Gate of Enmyoin Temple
This temple named Suisosan Enmyoin was built in by Kakugen in 1560 and it has been kept on praying for people's happiness for 430 years.
According to some old documents, the Sanmon Gate (the main gate) of this temple was built in June 1738 and it was renovated and changed from the thatched to the tiled roof in the middle of Meiji era. Over 100 years had passed after the renovation, the parts above the rafters of the gate had been corroded very much, so supporters and followers had examined and talked several times since the early spring in 1991, and they asked to an architecture to check it. As a result, they decided to rebuilt the gate as the commemorative project of the 850th anniversary of Kokyodaishi since the gate would fell down soon. Then a committee to rebuild the Sanmon Gate was formed and the donating funds were enough collected. In May 1992, the committee asked Suiundo a constraction company and the renovation has started.
During dismantling the gate, the committee researched it with members of the Board of Education of Ichikawa city and the Japanese Association for conservation of Architectural Monuments and they found its history and features.
The Sanmon Gate was built by the chief priest Kakueibo in June 1738, the
carpenter was Shozaemon Kojima, Chuhachi Oka and Risuke from Satte in Musashi province
. The gate was a type of Yonkyakumon gate (a gate has four pillars) and
it was constructed of zelkova wood. The gate is lacquared, and the patterns
of pictures and sculptures on it are the height of fashion at Edo period.
And also it is a very valuable gate as its carpenters’ name were recorded
and it shows shrine carpenters activities and techniques at that time well.
This Sanmon Gate is the oldest gate that the exact period of construction
The renovation was safely completed for seven months.
December 10th of 1992.
Gassho by The 18th Chief Preist of Enmyoin Temple
The committee to renovate the Sanmon Gate
- Enmyoin Temple has a great accessibility from both Narita and Haneda International
- 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 Gyotoku
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 Gyotoku Sta.
- From Tokyo (Otemachi) Sta, take Tozai line of Tokyo Metro bound to Nishi-funabashi,
Tsudanuma or Katsutadai, get off Gyotoku 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 Gyotoku Sta.
11-21 Minato, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-ken
Noted Spots along Gyotokukido Highway