Nakayama Hokekyoji, The Grand Head Temple Of Nichiren
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
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
Hokekyouji-Temple preserves the national treasures, they are very important
historical properties on the Buddhism in Japan. They are the two masterpieces,
' 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.
- Hokekyouji-Temple has a great accessibility from both Narita and Haneda
- 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
- 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
- Take 1 minute walk from Keisei-Nakayama Sta, and take 5 minutes walk from
2-10-1 Nakayama, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-pref, Japan
The Landmarks in Nakayama Hokekyouji Temple
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.
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.
It is characterized the twin hip-and-gable roof structure (hiyoku-irimoya-style), and hengaku written by Koetsu Honami hangs in front.
It was built in early Edo period (1622) by request of Koshitsu Honami supported by Maeda Family in Kaga.
It was built in Kamakura period.
It was moved from Aizen-dou in Kamakura 700 years ago.
It was designed by the famous architect Chuta Ito, it stores many scripts
written by the Founder Nichiren.
It enshrines Kiyomasa Kato, one of the most famous daimyo in Sengoku period.
From Nov 1 to Feb 10, hundreds of Buddhist priests practice severly every year.
The henguku hunged in front of the gate was written by Koetsu Honami, famous artist in Momoyama Period.
It was built for worshipping Jurasetsunyo, Kishibozin, Daikokusama.
It is also called Sou-mon (the main gate).
The founder Nichiren built the small shrine to dedicate the dragon god to pray for rain.
It enshrins Ugazin who is the guardian deity of Hokekyou-ji Temple.
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.
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.
It was built in 1719 by famous caster Ota Suruga-no-kami in Kanda. It is the bigest great Buddha in Chiba prefecture.
Nichijo was the first abbot of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple and Naki Icho is a gingko tree having a sad legend.
There are some other landmarks in Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple.
Koetsu Honami specially remained his calligraphy in Hokekyo-ji Temple, and Shiki Masaoka, Kafu Nagai discribed it well.
Cherry blossoms in Hokekyoji are amazingly wonderful.