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Shokokusan Myouoji Temple and Shichifukujin

Cherry blossoms and Myouoji Templeshichifukujin in Myouoji Temple
Over Takumibori and going east along Teramachidori Street, the Seven Deities or Seven Gods of Good Fortune called Shichifukujin welcome visitors warmly in Shoukokusan Myouoji Temple on the right. The statues of the Seven Deities stand on the right of the approach road, they look like holding a meeting there. They might give something good fortune when visitors offer prayers.
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Shokokusan Myouoji Temple

The History of Myouoji Temple

Shokokusan Myouoji Temple was built by the venerable Rinzoin Nichinin in 1559. It is a branch temple of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple. The principle image is the statue of Buddha (Shaka Nyorai).


The Events and Landmarks in Myouoji Temple

Myouoji Temple is famous for Kishibojin (Hariti; the goddess of childbirth and children)in Gyotoku. And it dedicates a statue of Knzeon Bosatsu for the spirits of miscarried children.

Moreover, the statues of Seven Gods called Shichifukujin are dedicated in Myouoji Temple, so visitors could offer prayer for all the Seven Gods once.
The Seven Gods are Ebisuten, Daikokuten, Bishamonten, Benzaiten, Hoteison, Hukurokuju and Jurojin.

There is also a charnel house for the spirits of dogs and cats built in the temple.


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All Seven Gods of Shichifukujin Welcoming 

shichifukujins standing on leftshchifukujin standing on right

The Stone Tablet of Shichifukujin

These statues of Shichifukujin (the Seven Gods of Good Fortune) were built to expeling evil spirits, purifying and cleasing any unlucky things and souls by Nssei Uchida, the 39th chief priests of Shokokusan Myouoji Temple, in August of 1983.
May 1st of 2003, Visiting Shichifukujin in Ichikawa City including Fukurokuju and Jurojin started.

By Myouoji Temple in January 1st of 2004.


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The History of Shichifukujin

Shichifukuji is the Seven Gods of Good Fortun, Daikokuten, Bishamonten, Ebisuten, Jurojin, Hukurokuju, Benzaiten and Hoteison are members of the gods. Generally, they are painted as on a ship loaded with full of treasures. The worship all gods of Shichifukujin began in late Muromachi period, since the ideas that accumulating wealth would be right conduct spread among the society, Daikokuten, Bishamonten and Benzaiten are the guardian deities of Buddhism and Ebisuten is the god of folk beliefs, those gods were fixed into the holy number '7'. The worship Shichifukujin also spread in the society deeply. Especially merchants faithfully believed as the gods giving virtue, happiness, wealth and prosperity. Moreover, according to the ideas of 'Shichi Nan Soku Metsu (seven misfortunes disappear soon) and Shichi Fuku Soku Shou (seven fortune appear soon), people avoid the seven misfortunes and are given the seven fortunes when they believe Shichifukujin.

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Shichifukujin (the Seven Dieties of Good Fortune) In Ichikawa City



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The Map to Myouoji Temple

  • Myouoji Temple has a great accessibility from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
  • 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 Myoden 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 Myoden Sta.
  • From Tokyo (Otemachi) Sta, take Tozai line of Tokyo Metro bound to Nishi-funabashi, Tsudanuma or Katsutadai, get off Myoden 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 Myoden Sta.
  • Take 8 minute walk from Myoden Sta.
Myouoji Temple
2-18 Hongyotoku, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-ken

The Noted Spots along Gyotoku Teramachi and Takumibori



the cherry blossoms of Myouoji Temple

Myouoji Temple