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Nakayama is between Narita And Haneda International Airport

中山・下総・散歩道

Nakayama Hokekyoji, The Grand Head Temple Of Nichiren

the niomon gate with cherry blossoms the gojunoto tower over cherry blossoms cherry blossoms along the approach cherry blossoms in Nakayama Hokekyoji
Nakayama Hokekyoji of the Grand Head Temple of Nichiren Sect is an old temple built in Kamakura period and it is called Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple by people living around it with their sense of closeness. And it is famous for the central training center of the incantations of Nichiren Sect annually held in winter. It is very clowded with thousands of people paying their first visits of the year and enjoying Setsubun Festival. And Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple is one of the popular spots for people enjoying cherry blossoms. Moreover, from February 15th to March 3rd Hina Matsuri Festival and in the middle of April and November Antique Markets are held in the temple annually.
There are many historically and culturally important assets in the temple. And it has been the popular landmark since Edo period. Edo Meisho Zue, a guide book published in Edo period, described it specifically. And famous poets and writers, Shiki Masaoka, Kyoshi Takahama, Rohan Koda, Kafu Nagai and so on described it in their works.
Why don't you visit Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple?

Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

a daibutsu and a pagoda in Hokekyo-ji

Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

The Grand Head Temple of Nichiren Sect, Hokekyo-ji was started in Kamakura period in the Middle Ages of 13th century, with many legends of the founder Nichren.
Nakayama was his peaceful place when Nichren involved in some troubles with the Government at Kamakura, and also Nichren preached at. The Kishibojindo that dedicates the stutue of Kishibojin (the goddess of taking care of children) carved by Nichiren himself is worshipped very popular and is called as one of Edo Three Grand Kishibojin. Thousands of people visit and bless of safe delivery of a baby, healthy child rearing, curing disease, and rising prosperity of a company's fate.
Nakayama Hokekyo-ji Temple is the central training center of the incantations of Nichiren Sect. From November 1st to February 10th, it holds the 100 days severe practice in cold weather every year. It is known one of the severest religious practice in Japan.
Hokekyouji-Temple preserves the national treasures, they are very important historical properties on the Buddhism in Japan. They are the two masterpieces, 'Rissho-ankoku-ron' and 'Kanjin-honzon-sho' written by the founder Nichiren himself. And the four architectures, the Goju-no-to (the five-story pagoda)built in Edo period, the Hokke-do hall built in Kamakura period, the Soshi-do hall and the Yon-soku-mon gate built in Muromachi period are designated by the National Government as the important cultural properties. There are many other cultural properties like the framed-calligraphies by Koetsu Honami, the biggest Daibutsu in Chiba prefecture and so on.
There are some events held in Hokekyo-ji Temple. In Spring, the cherry blossomes blooming there look excitingly beautiful.

Accessibility To Nakayama Hokekyo-ji Temple

  • Hokekyouji-Temple has a great accessibility from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
  • From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Keisei-Nakayama Sta, take minimally 40 minutes from Narita Airport.. And also take JR Sobu-exoress line, transfer the line at Funabashi to Sobu-Local line, get off Shimousa-Nakayama Sta.
  • From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Keisei-Nakayama Sta.
  • From Tokyo Sta, take Sobu-Express line bound to Chiba or Narita, transfer the line to Sobu-Local line bound to Chiba, Tsudanuma, or Nishi-Funabashi at Ichikawa Sta, get off Shimousa-Nakayama Sta.
  • From Akihabara Sta, take Sobu line bound to Chiba, get off Shimousa-Nakayama Sta.
  • Take 1 minute walk from Keisei-Nakayama Sta, and take 5 minutes walk from Shimousa-Nakayama Sta.

Hokekyouji-Temple
2-10-1 Nakayama, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-pref, Japan

The Landmarks in Nakayama Hokekyouji Temple

the main building

Honin(Taikyakuden)・Kishibojindo(Sonshindo)

Takikyakuden is the main hall of Hokekyoji and it has the business office and Kishibojindo Hall dedicated to the goddess of children on the end of the long corrido of the main hall.
cherry blossoms in Hokekyou-ji

The Four Seasons In Hokekyoji

In spring, there is millions of cherry blossoms in Hokekyoji and in summer, lotus blooms on ryuo-ike pond. In fall, there are beautiful colored leaves. Every season, visitors could enjoy seeing the sights.

Soshi-dou, important cultural property

Soshido(Daido), the nationally important cultural property

It is characterized the twin hip-and-gable roof structure (hiyoku-irimoya-style), and hengaku written by Koetsu Honami hangs in front.
gojyu-no-tou, important cultural property

Goju-no-to (the five-story pagoda) , the nationally important cultural property

It was built in early Edo period (1622) by request of Koshitsu Honami supported by Maeda Family in Kaga.

Yon-soku-mon, important cultural property

Yon-soku-mon (the nationally important cultural property)

It was moved from Aizen-dou in Kamakura 700 years ago.

syougyou-den in Hokekyou-ji

Shougyoden (the treasure hall)

It was designed by the famous architect Chuta Ito, it stores many scripts written by the Founder Nichiren.
kiyomasa-kou dai-zingi-dou

Shogan-jyoujyu-kigan-do (kiyomasa-kou-dai-zingi-do)

It enshrines Kiyomasa Kato, one of the most famous daimyo in Sengoku period.

aragyou-dou in Hokekyou-ji

Aragyodo Hall (the hall where Buddhiist priests practice for 100 days in winter severly)

From Nov 1 to Feb 10, hundreds of Buddhist priests practice severly every year.
Deva Gate called the Red Gate or Triple Gate

The Nio-mon Gate (The Deva Gate)

The henguku hunged in front of the gate was written by Koetsu Honami, famous artist in Momoyama Period.

Setsu-dou in Hokekyou-ji

Setsu-do

It was built for worshipping Jurasetsunyo, Kishibozin, Daikokusama.
Black Gate of Hokekyou-ji

Black Gate(a tangible cultural asset by Ichikawa City)

It is also called Sou-mon (the main gate).

the hall of the eight great dragon gods

Hachidai-ryuo-do

The founder Nichiren built the small shrine to dedicate the dragon god to pray for rain.
Ugazin-dou in Hokekyou-ji

Ugazin-do

It enshrins Ugazin who is the guardian deity of Hokekyou-ji Temple.

Myoken-do in Hokekyo-ji

Myouken-do

It dedicates Hokushin Myouken Star that the Chiba Family deeply believed in, Hokekyoji traditionally succeeds. In November, Tori-no-ich is held in the site to dedicate the star.
Hokekyo-ji Okuno-in

Oku-no-in (the first place where Nichren had preached at)

The founder Nichiren preached first time at the Toki's castle called Wkakamiya Yakata. And Toki built a temple 'Hokkeji', it is the origin of Oku no In.

daibutsu in Hokekyo-ji Temple

The Great Buddha(The Seated Statue of Shaka Nyorai)

It was built in 1719 by famous caster Ota Suruga-no-kami in Kanda. It is the bigest great Buddha in Chiba prefecture.
the first abbot, Nichijyo of Hokekyo-ji

The statue of Nichijo and Naki-Icho

Nichijo was the first abbot of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple and Naki Icho is a gingko tree having a sad legend.

letters by Koetsu Honami

The artists, poets and writers related to Hokekyoji Temple

Koetsu Honami specially remained his calligraphy in Hokekyo-ji Temple, and Shiki Masaoka, Kafu Nagai discribed it well.

Sakura and Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

The Popular Viewing Sakura Spot / Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

Cherry blossoms in Hokekyoji are amazingly wonderful.