Nyoisan Shoganji Temple in Ichikawa City
Nyoisan Shoganji Temple is very close to Miyakubo Sakauke Bus Stop, it
belongs to Nichiren Sect. Visitor could find the statue of Sho Kanzeon Bosatsu
(the Scared Avalokitesvara) from the Bus Stop. And it participates Ichikawa Shichifukujin
(the seven gods of good fortune in Ichikawa City) and dedicates one of
the seven gods, Ebisuten
(the god of wealth), in it. Moreover, there is a shell mound designated
as the municipal historical site by Ichikawa City
named Shoganji Kaizuka in the temple.
Why don't you visit Nyoisan Shoganji Temple?
Nyoisan Shoganji Temple
The History of Nyoisan Shoganji Temple
Although Nyoisan Shoganji Temple was built in 1666 by the venerable Zennain
Nichichu, it was found by the venerable Joshuin Nichijo, the first abbot
of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple
According to a legend, in Edo period
, a lady having serious illness from Kyoto drifted ashore on Bijogasaki
in Ichikawa city. Villagers at that time helped her and set her in Shoganji
Temple. Later, she moved to a neighbor village and believed Nichiren Sect
, she got a prayer at Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple. After she had recovered,
she became a nun and built a temple.
The guardian diety of the lady, a statue of Tenjinsama
(the deified spirit of Michizane Sugawara
) had lost in the sea when she was crossing it. Later, it was found in
the sea, so it was called Kaichu Shutsugen no Tenmangu (the Tenjinsama
appeared from the sea), and she left it at Shoganji Temple as its guardian
deity. Once it was dedicated in Shrahata Jinja Shrine
near it, but it was moved back to Shoganji Temple and dedicated in it
again in 1986 by the 22nd chief priest of the temple. The festival day
for the Tenjinsam is monthly 25th.
Moreover, the land where Nyoisan Shoganji Temple stands is a shell mound designated as the municipal historical site by Ichikawa City.
Namu Sho Kanzeon Bosatsu (Namas Scared Avalokitesvara)
……if there are over several thousand millions of people having thier own distresses and they intensely chant the name of Kanzeon Bosatsu to pray to the Bosatsu, the Bosatsu could hear them and they could be delivered earthly bondage.……（観音経一部）
Kanzeon Bosatsu protect us from any unhappiness and give us happiness in present time, so it was very popular in China in ancient ages that people believe Kanzeon Bosatsu. It has become popular in Japan since Shotoku Taishi (the prince Shotoku) had deeply believe in Kanzeon Bosatsu. And the Bosatsu is the most popular and many people throughout Japan believe the Bosatsu having miraculous efficacy even now.
Sir. Michizane Sugawra or Tenjinsama dedicated in Shoganji Temple had believed
in Kannon deeply and chanted 'Namu Kanzeon Bosatu, Namu Myoho Rengekyo'
370 years before the founder Nichiren
The statue of Kannonsama in Shoganji Temple is 6 feet tall sculpture made
of white granite. There is a Mizuko Kannon (a Kannon for the spirits of
miscarried children) on the left and an Eitai Kuyoto (a tower erected for
the repose of a dead person's spirit permanently) on the right of it.
Please offer sticks of incense when you pray to Sho Kanzeon Bosatsu. If you need some, please ask it to the temple. The festival day for the temple is monthly 25th.
Ebisuten (the god of wealth)
Ebisuten is only a god born in Japan in the seven gods of good fortune
(Shichifukujin). The figure of Ebisuten shows that he was first believed
by people living near the sea. Some says Ebisuten is Hikohoodemi no Mikoto
who loves fishing, or Kotoshironushi no Mikoto who is a son of Okuninushi
(Daikokuten) and he sometimes plays fishing near Mihogaseki or Hiruko no
Mikoto who is a son of Izanami no Mikoto and Izanagi no Mikoto.
First Ebisuten had been a god who protects fishermen, then he became the god of market as the fishermen sold fish at market. Then, Ebisuten is now believed by many business people as the god of thriving business. As a result, Ebisuten is dedicated throughout Japan as the fortune god gives people good fortune.
Red ribbons tied on the rod of Ebisuten is making some wishes; visitors tie the ribbon on it with their prayers. Please ask some staffs in the temple when you need the ribbon.
Nyoisan Shoganji Temple
Shichifukujin (the Seven Dieties of Good Fortune) In Ichikawa
- Nyoisan Shoganji Temple 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 1 minute walk from both Miyakubo Sakaue bus stop.
Nyoisan Shoganji Temple
4-12-３ Miyakubo, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-ken