Iousan Fudoin Myouonji Temple in Ichinoe
Iousan Fudoin Myouonji Temple in Ichinoe introduced in Edo Meisho Zue
(a guide book described many landmarks in Edo
in Edo period
) standing in the residential area near Ichinoe Sakaigawa Shinsui Koen
Park is one of the oldest temples in Edogawaku
. The statue of Yakushi Nyorai dedicated in this temple has a legend called
'The One-eyed Crucian Carps' has told its miracle power to cure eye diseases.
The pond that the carps had swum was buried, but the Yakushi Nyorai is
being dedicated in Yakushido hall now and people visit and pray for it
to cure their diseases. There are some seasonal flowers planted in the
small garden in it, bletillas blooming like a purple carpet on the garden
in early summer are especially beautiful. Moreover, Iousan Fudoin Myouonji
Temple tells the history of this area. Why don't you visit Myouonji Temple?
Iousan Fudoin Myouonji Temple
Myouonji Temple was named Iousan Fudoin that blongs to Shingon Shu Buzanha
in Buddhism. It is said that the venerable Shuei built it in 1190, and
it was described in Edo Meisho Zue (a guide book described some spots in
Edo in Edo period) so Myouonji Temple is one of the oldest temples in Edogawaku.
Later, the venerable Shuyo (? - 1575) and Daiku Hoin (? - 1780) rebuilt
the temple in each. The principle image of Myouonji Temple is the wooden
statue of Juichimen Kannon Ryuzou (a standing Kannon having eleven faces)
carved in Momoyama period
. And the statue of Yakushi Nyorai carved by Kashuga Busshi is also dedicated
in it. Moreover, several stone tablets inscribed in Nanbokucho
period has been discovered in the site.
The Wooden Statues of Three Buddhas as the cultural assets registered by
Edogawaku in March 2006
The three statues are standing on the side of the main hall of Iousan
Fudoin Myouonji Temple. Amida Nyorai is standing the middle of them and
it was a skillfull work carved in the early ages in Kamakura Period
. And Kannon and Seishi Bosatsus standing the both sides are created it
to add in Nanbokucho period.
Once upon a time, a blind girl lived in Ichinoe village. The girl wanted
to see the world, so she offered prayers at the statue of Yakushi Nyorai
to cure so she went on fast and prayed for it for 21 days. At the last
day of the fast, her prayer was answered. She found that she could see.
She released many crucian carps into the pond in front of the Yakushi Nyorai
as her rewards. However, the carps became one-eyed.
Edogawaku Board of Education
The Landmarks along Ichinoe Sakaigawa Water Park
Visitors could see many beautiful views when they walk on.
It is very beautiful in spring with some weeping cherry blossoms and in
fall with colored leaves.
Iousan Fudoin Myouonji Temple
- Iousan Fudoin Myouonji Temple has great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
- From Narita International Airport, take Sobu Express Line bound to Tokyo or Yokosuka and get off at Funabashi Sta, then transfer the line to Sobu line bound to Nakano or Mitaka ang get off at Motoyawata Sta. Or take Keisei-line bound to Ueno and get off Keisei Yawata Sta. Both from Motoyawata Sta and Keisei Yawata Sta, transfer the line to Toei Shinjuku line and get off at Ichinoe Sta.
- From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Shinagawa Sta and transfer the line to Sobu Express line bound to Narita International Airport or Chiba, and transfer the line at Ichikawa Sta to Sob line bound to Nishi Funabashi, Tsudanuma or Chiba and get off at Motoyawata Sta. Or take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Keisei Yawata Sta. Both from Motoyawata Sta and Keisei Yawata Sta, transfer the line to Toei Shinjuku line and get off at Ichinoe Sta.
- From Iwamotocho Station at Akihabara, take Toei Shijuku line bound to Motoyawata and get off Ichinoe Sta.
- Take 11 minute walk from Ichinoe Sta.
- 5-8-20 Ichinoe, Edogawaku, Tokyo
The Noted Spots around Funabori, Ichinoe and Kasai
Visitors could enjoy seeing some special views of Tokyo.
There are some Edo style, some wooden buildings and thousands of cherry trees along the river.
In spring, thousands of sakura along it beautifully bloom.
There are a Edo style fire lookout and an old lock gate in the plaza.
It is the first water park in Japan and a famous spot for viewing Sakura
There are some seasonal flowers blooming in every season, sakura especially
There are several tall pine trees and a 500 years old giant zelkova tree
in the shrine.
The principle image is the statue of Sho Kanzeon Bosatsu carved by Gyoki.
There is a stone tablet scribing a haiku poem written by Basho Matsuo.
The ferryport at Imai is appeared on an essey written by Socho, a renga poet in Muromachi period.
The park has many sakura and seasonal flowers, visitors could enjoy all
Iousan Myouonji Temple
It has the legend 'the One-eyed Crucial Carps' telling the miracle power
to cure eye disease.
In spring, weeping cherry trees bloom, in fall, colored leaves decorate the garden.
The traditional Japanese style residence with a thatched roof.
It is an important temple to know the history of Ichinoe area.
It has tombs of Kabuki Yakusha and it is called Yakushadera.
The areas along the river have many noted spots that people could enjoy history and culture.