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Shirahata Jinja Shrine

Shirahata Jinja 3rd Torii GateShirahata Jinja Main Hall
Along the Chuodori street (the central street) from Motoyawata Station in Ichikawa city, walking across Mamagawa River famous for cherry blossoms and going to the north, there are a stone torii gate and a red torii gate on a criff, they are the gates of Shirahata Jinja Shrine where Yoritomo Minamoto took a break under a pine tree standing at its gate. The legends said that the pine tree was called Sodekake no Matsu (a pine tree for hanging sleeves on) and the stone tablet scribing the name stands under the stone steps of the shrine. In addition, Yoritomo hanged his coat on.
The view from the approach way on the cliff to the main building of Shirahata Jinja Shrine is very exciting, you can see Tokyo Skytree in Mukojima Tokyo from it. Yoritomo Minamoto might watch to the provincial office of Shimousa in Konodai.
In spring, the approach on the cliff is covered with Sakura Blossoms, it is good to see them on the approach way, and also it is excitingly good to look up them under the cliff.
Why don't you visit Shirahata Jinja Shrine?

The History of Shirahata Jinja Shrine

the cherry trees along the approach

The History of Shirahata Jinaja Shrine

According to some classical records, Shirahata Jinja Shrine would be called Hachimangu Shrine at that time, it is a shrine that dedicates Homudawake no Mikoto (the Emperor Oujin), Takenouchi no Sukune, Tenman Tenjin as its divine gods. Some old villagers sometimes call it Hachimansama (a nickname of Hachimangu Shrine) even now. Shinmei Jinja Shrine was very old, it was built before 1486.


白幡神社御社殿改築造営記念碑より

Sodekake no Matsu (the pine tree for hanging sleeves)

the memorial of Sodekake no Matsu

The Memorial of Sodekake no Matsu

There is a stone tablet under the stone steps of Shirahata Jinja Shrine, it is the Memorial of Sodekake no Matsu (a pine tree for hanging sleeves on).
According to legends, after the Battle of Ishibashiyama in 1180 and Yoritomo Minamoto escaped to Awa province to rebuilt his arms, he visited here and put his white flags on while his march to the provincial government of Shimousa in Konodai. The name Shirahata is named after this event (white flags is called Shirahata in Japanese).

The Cherry Blossoms in Shirahata Jinja Shrine

the 2nd torii gate and cherry trees
the view from the approach
the 1st gate through the 2nd gate
the 3rd gate and cherry trees
cherry blossoms over the gate
cherry blossoms beside the shrine
cherry blossoms over the aproach
cherry trees on the cliff
Shirahata Jinja Shrine is excitingly beautiful in Spring.
Three minutes walks from Mamagawa River,a famous scenic spot of cherry blossoms, there is an amazingly wonderful views of sakura blossoms along the approach way of Shirahata Jinja Shrine on the cliff. It is one of the best place to enjoy seeing cherry blossoms on the approach and views from the cliff simultaneously.


抜粋および参考
白幡神社御社殿改築造営記念碑
市川市ホームページ
改訂新版 市川のむかし話

The Map to Shirahata Jinja Shrine

  • Shirahata Jinja Shrine has great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
  • From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Keisei Yawata Sta. Take Narita Sky Access-line and get off Higashi Matsudo Sta. And also take JR Sobu-express line, transfer the line at Funabashi Sta to Sobu Local line, get off JR Motoyawata Sta. Take minimally 34 minutes from Narita Airport.
  • From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Keisei Yawata Sta. And also take Keikyu-line bound to Shinagawa, transfer the line at Shinagawa to Yokosuka-line bound to Chiba or Narita International Airport, transfer teh line at Ichikawa Sta to Sobu Local line bound to Tsudanuma, Chiba, get off JR Motoyawata Sta.
  • From Both Motoyawata and Keisei Yawata Sta, take Keisei Bus bound to Higashi Matsudo Sta, get off Miyakubo Sakaue bus stop.
  • From Higashi Matsudo Sta, take Keisei Bus bound to Motoyawata Sta, get off Miyakubo Sakaue bus stop.
  • Take 3 minute walk from both Miyakubo Sakaue bus stop.

Shirahata Jinja Shrine
4-2-4 Miyakubo Ichikawa-shi Chiba-ken

A Walk on Katsushika Hachimangu Shrine and Yawata

the zuishinmon gate of Hachimangu

Katsushika Hachimangu Shrine

Having long history and the national natural treasure Senbon Icho Tree stands in.
Yabushirazu at Yawata

Yawata no Yabushirazu Shirne

Having some legends in this tiny thicket, many writers introduced it in their masterpieces..

the cherry trees of ShirahataJinja Shrine

Shirahata Jinja Shrine

Very beautiful cherry blossoms along the approach way on the cliff.
plum trees at Shirahata Tenjin Shrine

Shirahata Tenjin Shirine

The shrine has monuments of Kafu Nagai, Rohan Koda and Kaishu Katsu.

wistarias in Koenji Temple in Miyakubo

Miyakubosan Koenji Temple

The noted wisteria trees called Choju Fuji are very popular and beautiful.
Miyonoin Shrine

Miyonoin Shrine

A small shrine standing quietly in residential area Sugano has some legends.

Myokendo Hall in Ankokuji Temple

Chokokusan Ankokuji Temple

The statue of Myoken Bosatsu in it has been very famous since Edo period.
Kabuto no Yashiro Shrine

Kabuto Jinja Shirne

Kabuto Jinja Shiren has some legends about the Kabuto helmet dedicated at.

The house of Yoko Mizuki a senario writer

Home of Yoko Mizuki, a Scenario Writer

Yoko Mizuki was a scenario writer who contributed on the motion picture world in Japan.
cherry trees along Mamagawa river

Cherry trees along Mamagawa River

The Mama-gawa River is the very famous spot to enjoy seeing the blooming Cherry Blossoms.

the gate of Shinmeiji Temple

Shinmeisha Shrine and Shinmeiji Temple

Shinmeisha Shrine and Shinmeiji Temple have their long history and the legend of Oguri Hangan.
cherry trees in Colton Plaza shopping mall

The Area Around Nikke Colton Plaza

Nikke Colton Plaza and some landmarks around are attractive and exciting to walk on.