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Nakayama is between Narita And Haneda International Airport

中山・下総・散歩道

Gyotokukaido Highway

Gyotokubashi BridgeShogenji Temple
the 24th temple of pilgrimagethe gate of Enmyoin
The 6th Chiba prefectural road from Yawata in Ichikawa city to Nekozane in Urayasu city is named Gyotoku Highway. According to some images of Edo period, the views from the area around Gyotokubashi bridge to the area around Imaibashi bridge are introduced on this page.
The history of Gyotoku is said to be the thousand years long history of salt manufacturing, the area name 'Gyotoku' is appeared on an ancient document written in Muromachi period, the history of Shogenji Temple near the south side of Gyotokubashi Bridge built in 1444 of mid-Muromachi period might prove it. The view that many people passing on Gyotokukaido Highway was drawn on Edo Meisho Zue (a guide book describing Edo in Edo period). Having changed the transportation systems from ships to cars and trains and having torn down the land of Gyotoku by the completion of Edogawa Drainage Canal in 1919, Gyotoku isn't what it used to be in those days. Millions of visitors such as the great haiku poet Basho Matsuo boarded on ships from Koami-cho, Nihonbashi, Edo, and landed on Gyotoku near Imaibashi Bridge or Shingashi, passing through Onagigawa and Shinkawa (Funaborigawa) river, then they walked on Gyotokukaido and Kioroshikaido (Kashimakaido) Highway to go to Kashima Jingu Shrine. The legends of Ogri Hangan might be in. Moreover, the great samurai worrier Musashi Miyamoto and his son in law Iori passed this road from Tokuganji Temple to Fujiwara Kannondo Hall in Funabashi city.
There are some temples, Shogenji Temple dedicating a statue of Buddha carved by Gyoki Bosatsu, Jishoin Temple having a stone tablet written by Kaishu Katsu, Zenshoji, Hodenin, Enmyoin, and old buildings, Sasaya Udon Shop, Asago Mikoshi Shop and so on along Gyotokukaido Highway, they all tell visitors the history and culture of Gyotoku in Edo period. And also the temples belong to the 33 Pilgrimage in Gyotoku and Urayasu.
Why don't you visit Gyotokukaido Highway?

Noted Spots along Gyotokukido Highway