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中山・下総・散歩道

Junsaiike Pond Park and Himemiya Shrine

cherry blossoms and Junsaiike Pondred plum trees in Junsaiike Pond Park
Himemiya Jinja Shrine near Junsaiike Pondcolored leaves and Junsaiike Pond
Junsaiike Pond Park is a park having rich nature on the north-western part of Ichikawa city, it is famous for scenic spots for viewing plum blossoms in spring and colored leaves in fall. There is a tea room named 'Toryuan' in the plum garden in the park. Junsaiike Pond had had been called Kokubunike Pond before and there exist two legends related to the battles of Konodai. Junsaiike Pond Park is a wonderful place to walk on with rich seasonal views and history.
Why don't you visit Junsaiike Pond Park?

Junsaiike Pond Park

sakura blooming on both sides of the pondmaple leaves over Junsaiike Pond

Junsaiike Pond Park

Junsaiike Pond Park was opened on Kokubunike Pond on between Konodai and Kokubun in 1956, the park has 85,000 square meter land. Junsaiike Pond Park is covered with thousands of woods, it is good place for visitors to rest on beside the woods and water.

じゅん菜池緑地南側入口前案内板より

The Four Seasons in Junsaiike Pond Park

Spring in Junsaiike Pond Park

There are many plum trees planted in the southern part of Junsaiike Pond Park and the park is perfumed with the smell of the plum blossoms in early spring. And several kinds of cherry trees that are also planted around the pond dramatically put colors on it in spring.
Moreover, many waterfowls such as wild ducks and cormorants visit the park.
red and white plum trees in the parkwhite plum trees in Junsaiike Pond Park
the plum garden in Junsaiike Pond Parkred plum blossoms and the blue sky
pink cherry blossoms over the pondthe view of the pond through blossoms
sakura over Junsaiike Ponddrooping cherry blossoms across the pond
cherry blossoms and Junsaiike Pondcherry trees under the hill
waterfowls on the waterwaterfowls on Junsaiike Pond Park

Summer in Junsaiike Pond Park

In the season for deep green leaves, thousands of flowers bloom on the shore of Junsaiike Pond.
the flowers bloom around Junsaiike Pondflowers and green leaves in summer
flowers and Junsaiike Pond in summeryellow irises in Junsaiike Pond

Fall in Junsaiike Pond Park

The northern part of Junsaiike Pond Park is the scenic spot of viewing red, vermillion and crimson maple leaves. Visitors could forget cool air in fall when they see for the dramatically beautiful colored woods. The colored leaves on the hill on the eastern side of the pond put several colors on the on the water where waterfowls go on.
colored leaves in fallmaple leaves over the pond in fall
colored leaves around the ponda path through the maple woods
colored maple leaves in Junsaiike Pondmaple leaves over the path

Toryuan, the tea room in Junsaiike Pond Park

plam trees in the garden of the tea roomthe tea room called Toryuan

Toryuan, the tea room

This tea room was donated to Ichikawa city by Giichi Kishimoto who lived in Mama, Ichikawa in 1986. And the city moved the tea room to Junsaiike Pond Park. In 2005, it was fixed by some donations from Ichikawashi Sado Kai (the group preserving tea ceremony in Ichikawa city).

茶室「登龍庵」前案内板より

The Legend Related to Himemiya Shrine

the small shrine called Himemiya Shrinethe big two gingko trees beside Himemiya

Himemiya Shrine and Yonakiishi (the stone crying at night)

In Sengoku Period, the two large battles at Konodai happened between Hojo and Satomi clan at Konodai, and two legends about two princesses belonging to the Satomi exist even now.
There is a small shrine called Himemiya Shrine standing on the sideway of the road passing on the south gate of Junsaiike Pond Park. This shrine was built for holding the memorial service for a departed soul for a daughter of leading samurai belonging to the Satomi drowned herself in Junsaiike Pond.

Besides, there is a stone called Yonakiishi (the stone crying at night) in Satomi Park. According to a legend, a daughter of Hirotsugu Satomi laid on the stone and cried and cried, she finally died at it. After that, villagers had heard a sad cry from the stone.
A few decades had passed, a samurai held a memorial service for a departed soul for her so no one heard a cry any more.

じゅん菜池緑地南側入口前案内板より

The Legend Of Yurihime

Late Muromachi Period or in Sengoku Period, there was a castle on the high land called Soya on the east on the Konodai Plateau, and Soya Family who was a relative of Chiba Family controlling Shomousa Province owned it. Naoshige Soya, the head of Soya family, had a beautiful daughter named Yurihime (the princess Yuri). Yurihime lived in peace with her father's love.
By the way, the battles had come to the peaceful land. Chiba Family was divided into both sides and fought against each other. As the result, the Soya was involved in the battles and Naoshige and her brothers were died in them. Finally, Yurihime drowned herself in Junsaiike Pond. There is another version of the story that tells that she had drowned herself in Oshoike of Renjoji near the castle.
There had bloomed many lilies as to hold a memorial service for her. Thus, the land lilies had bloomed called Yuridai.


出典・抜粋・引用および参考
じゅん菜池緑地南側入口前案内板
市川市ホームページ
改訂新版 市川のむかし話
江戸名所図会6 ちくま学芸文庫
新編 市川歴史探訪 崙書房

The Map To Junsaiike Pond Park and Himemiya Shrine

  • Junsaiike Pond Park has great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
  • From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Konodai Sta, take minimally 45 minutes from Narita Airport. And also take Keisei Narita Sky Access line bound to Nippori Sta or Haneda International Airport and get off Shin Kamagaya Sta, transfer the line to Hokuso line bound to Nishi Magome or Haneda International Airport and get off Yakiri Sta.
  • From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Konodai Sta. And also take Keikyu-line bound to Inba Nihon Daigaku (Nihon University) and get off Yakiri Sta.
  • Take 10 minute walk from Yakiri and 18 from Konodai Sta.
Junsaiike Pond Park
4-27 Nakakokubun, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-ken

Noted Scenic Spots along Edogawa River and near Konodai

Edogawa River

A Walk Along Edogawa River

The areas along the river have many noted spots that people could enjoy history and culture.
I-link Town Ichikawa

The Observatory on I-link Town Ichikawa

It commands a panoramic view of Mt.Fuji behind Tokyo.

cherry blossoms in Satomi Park

A Walk Around Satomi Park

The park is the noted scenic spot to see cherry blossoms, roses and colored leaves with many historical heritages.
Soneiji Temple

Ankokusan Soneiji Temple

It was treated as a high ranked temple as same as Upper Class Daimyos by Tokugawa Bakufu in Edo period.

Yogo no Matsu in Zenyoji Temple

Zenyoji Temple

This temple is famous for Yoko no Matsu, the National Natural Property.
Junsaiike Pond Park

Junsaiike Pond Park

It has beautiful nature in every season and legends related to the Battles of Konodai.

Ekoin Branch Temple in Ichikawa

Ekoin Branch Temple in Ichikawa

Genkoji Temple, a branch temple of Ryogoku Ekoin has a beautiful garden and a mordern main hall with CafeTerrace Ekoin.
the monument of Nogiku no Haka

The Literature Monument of The Book 'Nogiku no Haka' and the Old Battlefield of Konodai

They are in Nogikuen Park and Sairenji Temple in Yagiri.