garden, architecture, art


Ikegami Honmonji Temple is the main shrine of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism and is famous for its cherry blossoms. The origin is Choeizan Honmonji, which was built in Ikegami in 1282. GOJU NO TOU, The five-storied pagoda, built by HIDETADA TOKUGAWA in 1608 is the oldest in the Kanto region and the national important cultural property. HOTO, the great pagoda, which was renovated in 2010, is also designated as a national important cultural property. A memorial festival is held from October 11th to 13th, with 300,000 worshipers from all over the country commemorating Nichiren’s virtues, especially on the evening of the 12th.

SOMON is said to have been erected during the Genroku period (late 17th century to early 18th century). The flat frame engraved as “Honmonji” is the brush of HONAMI KOETSU who was the artist known chiefly for his calligraphy, pottery, and lacquerware,the current frame is a duplicate,and the original is stored and exhibited in the Reihoden.

The stone steps are said to have been built by the donation of KIYOMASA KATO (1562-1611), and are built in the 96th step, named after the GEMON, Buddhist verse text, 96th letter of the Hokkei Sutra.

A double gate standing in front of the hall. The old national treasure, Sanmon, was destroyed by air raid in 1945. It was rebuilt as the Niomon in 1977.

The current bell tower was rebuilt in 1958 (Showa 33). The former bell bell was was donated in 1647 (4th year of Shoho) by YORINOBU TOKUGAWA’s wife, YORININ who was the daughter of KIYOMASA KATO. It’s stored aside.

KIYOMASA KATO donated the old ODO in 1606, but it was burned down by an air raid on April 15, 1945. By the way, people in the Edo era called KANEIJI Temple in Ueno as CHUDO, ZOJOJI Temple in Shiba as KODO, and IKEGAMI HONMONJI Temple as DAIDO. The current DAIDO was rebuilt in 1964 (1964). In the center of the interior is a statue of the NICHIREN saint (grand master).

KYOZO was in the form of a RINZO, and there was a rotating octagonal shelves inside, which contained all the sutras. It was built in Tenmei 4th year (1784). The pillars inside the storehouse are engraved with the names of people who visited from various parts of Edo in the latter half of the Edo period and the names of craftsmen who were involved in the construction of the storehouse.

The height of GOJU NO TOU, the five-storied pagoda, is 29.37 meters (from Soiwa to the platform), and the roof is “main tiled” at the bottom and second, and “copper plate thatched” at the third to reduce the weight of the roof. The first layer of the architectural style is Japanese and Western, and the other four layers are Kara. Compared to other five-storied pagoda, the difference in roof size is small.

The main shrine is the one that rebuilt Shakado, which was returned to the ashes during the air raid on April 15, 1945, and the location was moved from the left side of the old Soushido to the inner part of the precincts. The Kaido memorial service master is the 80th Kaneko Nichisei Saint. Completed in 1969. It is highly regarded as a modern reinforced concrete Buddhist temple building, and since then, examples of imitating this hall have been increasing in various places.

GOBYOSHO located in the innermost area of ​​the precincts surrounded by the Tsukiji Fence, a tomb tower that enshrines the ash bones of the ancestor Nichiren Saint is worshiped in the center of the mausoleum.

Shotoen is the backyard of this mountain. It can be said that the landscape is that it is planted in a natural depression and can be overlooked from the guest hall. The pond spring is spring water from abundant groundwater. The gardener communicates with Kobori Enshu, famous for Katsura Imperial Villa and tea ceremony. Here is the archetype of the Daimyo garden, where each clan competing in the Edo period.

Excluding such a daimyo garden, it boasts the largest size of a garden in Tokyo. Suhama, Oribe well, boat dock, Tsurushima, Kamejima, Uomiiwa, Taikobashi, etc. are arranged in a large pond, and streams, valleys, streams, Takimibashi, Shoto Falls, etc. are built in the direction of Takiguchi. The calm and peaceful atmosphere they create is hard to replace.

From the Momoyama period to the early Edo period, during the period when Enshu was active, it was the great reconstruction period of this mountain, and the saints of Nikkei, Nisaku, Hiju, Nichito, Nitto, etc. (Omillion), Hidetada Tokugawa Nanny Seishin-in (Okabe station), Kishu Tokugawa family, Kaga Maeda family, etc. are rebuilt and the precincts are rebuilt with the help of dedication and dedication. The garden was built at such an important time.

HOTO, the treasure pagoda is a pagoda and a Toba with a distinctive form that is built on the site that is said to be the site of the Nichiren sect’s founder, Nichiren’s Obishosho. It was designated as a national important cultural property in December 2010. The treasure pagoda is a wooden pagoda with circular planes in both upper and lower layers, and the roof is a treasure-shaped structure and copper plate roof, on which a dewboard and a side wheel are placed. Upon the 550th anniversary of the death of the ancestor, he was built in 1828 by the faithful of the present application. There are few examples of wooden treasures with an internal space in Japan, and it is the largest relic of a treasure tower. In addition, the interior and exterior of the building are magnificently decorated with sculptures and coloring, which has a high design value.




Auther:Mamiko Kusano

CREAZIONE Co.Ltd. Director
From Tokyo
2006 Established CREAZIONE Co. Ltd. I mainly work on branding, digital branding, space design, and furniture design.