Yawata no Yabushirazu | The Mazelike Thicket at Yawata
About 5 minutes walks along the Route 14th so called Chiba Kaido Highway
from both Motoyawata Station and Keisei Yawata Station, there is a small
forest opposite the city hall of Ichikawa City
. This small forest is one of the hidden famous spots in the city called
Yawata no Yabushirazu (the mazelike thicket at Yawata). It is the famous
story that Mito Komon
(a sumurai lord in Edo period and grandson of Ieyasu Tokugawa
) had got lost in it. Moreover, Yawata no Yabushirazu is a famous spot
described in Daijirin, a Japanese dictionary. Actually Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple
, Mama no Tsugihashi Bridge
are also described in, but Yawata no Yabushirazu is described as an idiom
that it means 'a mazelike thicket', 'without end or without exit' and 'pointless'.
Great writers such as Soseki Natsume, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Ranpo Edogawa
and Yukio Mishima used Yawata no Yabushirazu to describe 'pointless' or
so on in their masterpieces. And Sachio Ito, Kyoka Izumi, Yasuo Uchida,
Ranpo Edogawa, Kyoshi Takahama, Kafu Nagai
and Soseki Natsume introduced in their masterpieces.
Though Yawata no Yabushirazu is really small forest in Yawata, it might
be the most famous spot in Ichikawa city.
Why don't you visit Yawata no Yabushirazu (the mazelike thicket at Yawata)?
Yawata no Yabushirazu or Yawata Shirazu no Mori
Yawata no Yabushirazu (the Mazelike thicket at Yawata) or Yawata Shirazu
no Mori (the Forest People Living in Yawata Unperceiving)
There are a small shrine and a torii gate with the letters of 'Yawata
Shirazu no Mori' on a framed writing in a small bamboo thicket opposite
the city hall of Ichikawa City. This is Yawata no Yabushirazu (the mazelike
thicket at Yawata) or Yawata Shirazu no Mori (the Forest People Living
in Yawata Unperceiving). According to Edo Meisho Zue
(a guide book describing Edo
in Edo period
), one who enter into the thicket by mistake must incur a divine wrath,
so it has been a famous spot since Edo period. Moreover, Yawata no Yabushirazu
is described in both Kojien and Daijirin, popular Japanese dictionaries,
the great writers such as Soseki Natsume, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Ranpo Edogawa
and Yukio Mishima used Yawata no Yabushirazu as an idiom that describes
'a mazelike thicket', 'without end or without exit' and 'pointless'. And
Sachio Ito, Kyoka Izumi, Yasuo Uchida, Ranpo Edogawa, Kyoshi Takahama,
Kafu Nagai and Soseki Natsume introduced in their masterpieces.
The Legends of Yawata no Yabushirazu
- １．Don't enter into since it is a holy place where Yamatotakeru no Mikoto (the Prince Yamatotakeru) camped.
- ２．Don't enter into since it is a holy place where Katsushika Hachimangu
Shrine first built at.
- ３．The place that Yawata no Yabushirazu located was unlucky direction for
Masakado Taira, a great samurai worrier in Heian period, when he fought against the army
sent by the Imperial Court.
- ４．During subjugating Masakado Taira, Sadamori Taira set Hachimon Tonko
no Jin, a skill used by ninja to disappear. After the battle, this place
was remained as this is on the unlucky direction for Masakado Taira, then
one who enter into the place must incur a devine wrath.
- ５．Don't enter as noble men were buried in this place. (the tomb of Yoshimasa
or Masakado Taira)
- ６．The trusted vassals of Masakado Taira protected his head respectably
in this place for long and they became the clay figures. They were lost
by heavy rain and thunder. Therefore, one who enter into the place must
incur a divine wrath.
- ７．This place was a common land belonging to Gyotoku, so people living in
Yawata could not enter into and it is called 'Yawata Shirazu' (people living
in Yawata Unperceiving).
When Mito Komon had heard the story of Hachimon Tonko no Jutsu, he was
very interested in Yawata no Yabushirazu, so he visited Yawata and entered
into Yabushirazu, finally he got lost in real. According to the legend
of Ichikawa, Komon met an old man with gray hair and told him the way to
Even now Yawata no Yabushirazu is very important forest as a precious green
land where tall buildings stand. The forest called Yawata no Yabushirazu
is an important asset of Katsushika Hachimangu Shrine and the sign board
of the shrine tells that the thicket is designated as the Reserved Forest
by the National Government. Yawata no Yabushirazu, the tiny forest, in
the central part of Ichikawa City is preserved with many legends.
- Yawata no Yabushirazu has great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda
- From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Keisei
Yawata Sta, take minimally 45 minutes from Narita Airport. And also take
JR Sobu-express line, transfer the line at Funabashi Sta to Sobu Local
line, get off JR Motoyawata Sta.
- 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.
- Take 5 minute walk from Keisei Yawata Sta.
- Take 3 minute walk from JR Motoyawata Sta.
Yawata no Yabushirazu (the mazelike thicket at Yawata)
2-8 Yawata, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-ken
A Walk on Katsushika Hachimangu Shrine and Yawata
Having long history and the national natural treasure Senbon Icho Tree
Yawata no Yabushirazu Shirne
Having some legends in this tiny thicket, many writers introduced it in
Very beautiful cherry blossoms along the approach way on the cliff.
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The noted wisteria trees called Choju Fuji are very popular and beautiful.
A small shrine standing quietly in residential area Sugano has some legends.
The statue of Myoken Bosatsu in it has been very famous since Edo period.
Kabuto Jinja Shiren has some legends about the Kabuto helmet dedicated
Yoko Mizuki was a scenario writer who contributed on the motion picture world in Japan.
The Mama-gawa River is the very famous spot to enjoy seeing the blooming Cherry Blossoms.
Shinmeisha Shrine and Shinmeiji Temple have their long history and the legend of Oguri Hangan.
Nikke Colton Plaza and some landmarks around are attractive and exciting to walk on.