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Nakayama is between Narita And Haneda International Airport

中山・下総・散歩道

The Momorial for Samurai of Satomi Clans and Yonakiishi

the remains of Satomijo CastleThe Momorial for Samurai and Yonakiishi
Yonakiishi (the stone cries at night)The Momorial for Samurai of Satomi Clans
On the north of the rose garden in Satomi Park, there are a large round stone and three stone tablets on the stone wall apparently the castle in Sengaku Period. They are Yonakiishi (the stone cries at night) and the memorial for Hirotsugu Satomi and Samurai Worriers belonging to Satomi Clan. Satomi Park is a municipal park built on the remains of Konodaijo Castle built in Sengoku Period. About 500 years ago, the battles between Satomi Clan in Awa and Hojo Clan in Sagami Province happened in this area called Konodai. Finally, the Hojo won and the Satomi lost, and there are many legends has existed in the area along Edogawa River such as in Edogawa-ku and Hime Miya Shrine in Junsaiike Park and Awa Jinja Shrine near Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple in Ichikawa city. Yonakiishi and the memorial for Hirotsugu Satomi and Samurai Worriers belonging to Satomi Clan are the important historical assets telling the stories of the second battle of Konodai in 1564.
Why don't you visit Yonakiishi and the Memorial for Samurai of Satomi Clan in Satomi Park?

Yonakiishi (the stone cries at night)

The Legend of Yonakiishi

According to some old stories, there were thousands of the war dead at the battles in Konodai in 1564, and Hirotsugu Satomi, the son of Yoshihiro Satomi, the head of Satomi Family, was dead, then the youngest daughter of Hirotsugu came to the battle fields in Konodai from Awa province to hold a memorial service for her father. At that time, she was 12 or 13 years old girl, she was passed away with pity and fear when she was shocked looking at the ghastly sight at the battlefields.
After her death, neighbors had heard sobbing from a stone every day at night. Therefore, they called the stone 'Yonakiishi (the stone cries at night). After a sumurai visited and held a memorial service for the pity princess, the sobbing never heard anymore.
Now according to the records of the second battles of Konodai in 1564, Hirotsugu Satomi was only 15 years old boy and it was his first campaign.
This story might be created since there had been the memorial stone tablet for Hirotsugu Satomi on the next of Akedo Old Mound in Satomi Park.

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夜泣き石前案内板より

The Momorial Stone Tablets For Hirotsugu and The Samurais

The Momorial Stone Tablets For Hirotsugu Satomi and The Samurais

In January 4th of 1564, Yoshihiro Satomi pitched camp at Konodai with 8000 samurais to intercept Ujiyasu Hojo and his 20000 samurais. In early morning of January 8th, the Hojo made a surprised attack on the Satomi. All the Satomi's samurais were in a panic when they had heard the battle cry raised by the Hojo, they scrambled to get horses and helmets; some put only helmets on without armors and others put armors on but nothing in their hands.
As the result of the battle, the Satomi lost the battle, and Hirotsugu Satomi, Naizen Masaki and about 5000 samurai worriers were died, but nobody had held any memorial services for them. In 1829, the memorial tablet for the samurais belonging to the Satomi (left) and the grave stone of the samurais (center) were built. And the grave stone of Hirotsugu Satomi (right) was built by Tatsugoro Ishii.
Now there exist these stone tablets built to hold memorial services for the sumurais died in the second battle of Konodai after 265 years had passed.

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The Map To Yonakiishi and the memorial for Satomi Samurais

  • The Momorial Stone Tablets for Samurai of Satomi Clans and Yonakiishi 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 Momorial Stone Tablets for Samurai of Satomi Clans and Yonakiishi 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

Yonaki Ishi and the memorial for Satomi's

The Momorial for Samurai of Satomi Clans and Yonaki Ishi (the stone cries at night)

Related to the battle of Konodai
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.