Naritamichi Road in Gyotoku
Naritamichi Road that runs through Myoden in Gyotoku tells how crowded
the road was in Edo period. This 63km long Naritamichi Road also called
Naritakaido Highway carried millions of people to go pleasure trips in
Narita from Edo
in Edo period
. Since the development of transportation system such as trains and vehicles
and the completion of Edogawa Drainage Canal have torn the road in Gyotoku
area, the definite course of Naritamichi does not exist now, the course
was assumed where some temples and shrines in the opposite shore of the
drainage are and where the prefectural road called Funabashi Gyotoku line
runs. It might pass through the way in front of Ryogokuji, Anyoji, Myogyoji
and Fukusenji Temple and join Chibakaido Highway or the 14 National road
(Sakurakaido Highway at that time) near Nishi Funagashi Station. Perhaps
Ieyasu Tokugawa would pass Naritamichi Road to go hawking in Togane in
Kazusa province, he boarded on at Edo and passed through Onagigawa and
Shinkawa River (Funaborigawa River) and landed near Imaibashi Bridge in
Gyotoku, then he passed through Gongenmichi Road, Teramachi Street and
this Naritamichi Road. Since the popular Kabuki actor Danjuro Ichikawa
the first prayed for Naritasan Shinshoji Temple to have a child and his
wishes came true, he got his son, in Genroku Era (1688 - 1703), to visit
the temple became popular and they passed through the road so it would
be called Naritamichi Road. Moreover, many visitors walked to this road
to go to Senyoji Temple, the 29th temple of the 33 Pilgrimage in Bando.
In this page, not only the temples along Naritamichi Road but also the
temples on the opposite shore of Edogawa Drainage Canal such as Rogokuji,
Anyoji and Myogyoji Temple are introduced.
Though Naritamichi Road is only several hundred meters long, there are
many beautiful old Japanese style houses and temples along it.
Why don't you visit Naritamichi Road? You could find some flavors of Edo if you walk along it carelessly.
The Noted Spots along Naritamichi Road