Webmaster visited Hokekyo-ji Temple in Chiba Prefecture last month.
Access: Tokyo (local train 0:04) Akihabara (local train 0:23) Shimousa-nakayama (walk 0:10) @
It can be a half-day trip (for three hours) from Tokyo . Besides a five-story pagoda, there are other historical buildings in the precincts.
The approach with So-mon Gate from Simousa-nakayama Station to the temple
The second gate Nio-mon Gate with thick pillars.
An approach after the gate lined with cherry trees. It must be beautiful in spring.
Along the approach, there was a stall of takoyaki (a kind of dumplings). Webmaster bought one box.
After the takoyaki stall, there were Japanese style teahouses on the approach. Webmaster took oden and amazake there.
Then you can enter the large precincts.
Five-story pagoda. It is designated as Important Cultural Property.
Other historical buildings in the precincts.
Soshi-do Hall (Important Cultural Property)
Hokke-do Hall (Important Cultural Property)
Shisoku-mon Gate (Important Cultural Property)
And other buildings of the temple
If you have more time, you can visit Higashiyama Kaii Memorial Hall to which it takes about ten minutes on foot from Hokekyo-ji Temple. Higashiyama Kaii (1908 – 1999) is a famous artist of Japanese-style painting.
The hall has a small café. After enjoying paintings, Webmaster had a cup of tea and cakes. Huum… Today, Webmaster took many kinds.