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The Stone Coffins of Akedo Old Mound in Satomi Park

Akedo Old Moundstone coffins of Akedo Old Mound
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.
March 2004
The Board of Education Ichikawa City

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The Map To The Stone Coffins of Akedo Mound in Satomi Park

  • 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

Sakura Festival held in Satomi Park

Satomi Park (the remains of Konadaijo Castle)

Visitors find nature, history and culture in this area.
Rose Festival held in Satomi Park

Four Seasons in Satomi Park

Visotors enjoy seeing beautiful cherry blossoms, roses and colored leaves.

Rakan no I well

Rakan no I Well

Rakan no I Well has a legend that Kobo Daishi Kukai found

the stone coffin of Akedo Mound

The Stone Coffins of Akedo Old Mound

They are intorduced in Edo Meisho Zue in Edo period.

The Tea Ceremony Room of Oribe

The Tea Room of Shikisei Oribe School of Tea Ceremony

It is the intangible cultural property registered by Chiba
the main hall of Soneiji Temple

Ankokusan Soneiji Temple

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

Konodai Tenmangu Shrine in fall

Konodai Tenmangu Shrine

It is famous for a traditional event called 'Tsujikiri'.
early summer in Junsaike Pond Park

Junsaiike Pond Park

Many flowers bloom and many birds come this water park .

Edogawa River

A Walk Along Edogawa River

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 Reishindo Shrine and sakura

A Walk On Tekona and Mama

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.

回向院別院の庭園

Ekoin Branch Temple in Ichikawa

Genkoji Temple, a branch temple of Ryogoku Ekoin has a beautiful garden and CafeTerrace Ekoin.
アイリンクタウン展望施設

The Observatory on I-link Town Ichikawa

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