The Stone Coffins of Akedo Old Mound in Satomi Park
The two stone coffins of Akedo Old Mound are designated as the municipal
cultural assets of Ichikawa city
. They are placed on the hill in woods in the north-western area in the
park. The hill must be Akedo Old Mound. There are several old mounds near
the park, Hokozuka and Guhoji Old Mound
are famous, so many people could had lived in the area in ancient time.
Some legends said that the stone coffins were had found by Dokan Ota
when he had built Konodaijo Castle
(now in Satomi Park) in 1479. In Edo Period, the coffins were said to
be tombs of Satomi Family
who had lost the battles of Konodai
but Edo Meisho Zue
introduces them as the tombs of ancient people. The cover stones of the
coffins are now used to be the pedestals under Yonakiishi (the stone cries at night)
in Satomi Park. The two box shaped coffins were put together some pieces
of chlorite schist. Akedo Old Mound is a keyhole shaped tumulus built from
late 6th to early 7th century, it is an important historical property that
implies that there were several thousands of people lived in the area.
Why don't you visit Akedo Old Mound in Satomi Park?
The Stone Coffins of Akedo Old Mound
The Stone Coffins of Akedo Old Mound
Akedo Old Mound is a 40 meters long keyhole shaped tumulus. And many haniwas
made in late 6th century excavated around it. There are two box shaped
coffins combined some pieces of flat stones set on the top of the round
shaped rear mound, even now they are on it. To observed an old picture
of the coffins, the covers of them might be put under Yonakiishi (the stone
cries at night). The stone using them are biotite gneiss called Chikushiishi
that were quarried at Mt. Tsukuba and were brought by ship passed through
Kasumigaura Lake, Teganuma Lake and Edogawa River.
These two stone coffins are introduced in Edo Meisho Zue published in 1836, and it says 'The stone coffins are two on the same place. A priest in Soneiji Temple told the coffin on the north would be Hirotsugu Satomi, the eldest son of Tadahiro Satomi and another one could not know whose it would be but it might be the chief retainer of Satomi Clan, Nizen Masaki's. For several hundred years ago, the mound collapsed and the two coffins appeared on the earth. At that time, some swords, armors, helmets, gold and silver bells, drums and haniwas were put in them, and a few of them are preserved in Soneiji Temple. It could be the tombs for ancient people. The stories told by the priest could be false.' We could know that the stone coffins had appeared on the earth in 19th century and what had found from them.
The Board of Education Ichikawa City
- The Stone Coffins of Akedo Mound in Satomi 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 Konodai and Yakiri Sta.
The Stone Coffins of Akedo Mound in Satomi Park
3-9 Konodai, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-ken
The Noted Scenic Spots in and around Satomi Park
Visitors find nature, history and culture in this area.
Visotors enjoy seeing beautiful cherry blossoms, roses and colored leaves.
The House of Hakushu Kitahara
Rakan no I Well has a legend that Kobo Daishi Kukai found
Related to the battle of Konodai
The Stone Coffins of Akedo Old Mound They are intorduced in Edo Meisho Zue in Edo period.
It is the intangible cultural property registered by Chiba
It was treated as a high ranked temple as same as Upper Class Daimyos
by Edo Bakufu.
It is famous for a traditional event called 'Tsujikiri'.
Many flowers bloom and many birds come this water park .
There are many exciting noted spots along this river, Yoko no Matsu in Zenyoji, Koiwa Iris Garden, Yagiri no Watashi Ferry, Shinozaki Ponyland and so on are very wonderful..
Tekona, the subject of many poems in the Anthology of a Myriad Leaves, Mamasan temple connects with Gyoki, Kobo and Issa Kobayashi. It is good place to walk along.
Genkoji Temple, a branch temple of Ryogoku Ekoin has a beautiful garden
and CafeTerrace Ekoin.
It commands a panoramic view of Mt.Fuji behind Tokyo.