Daishoji Temple was built in 750, and is located in the Koshigaya City's Osagami area.
It is widely known as “Osagami Fudo.”
The temple's gate is about 200 years old, and displays a tablet that was handwritten
by Sadanobu Matsudaira, a senior official in the Tokugawa Shogunate. The gate’s roof
was originally covered in clay tiles, but is now covered in copper ones. Also, the temple’s
grounds contain a magnificent Tabunoki, an evergreen tree of the Lauraceae family. The
Tabunoki is about 500 years old, is about 8 meters tall, and has a trunk 4 meters in
Among the temples historical relics are the “Akatsuki No Negoromo,” which are bedclothes
used by the first Tokugawa Shogun, Ieyasu Tokugawa, and a document called the “Ujishige
Hojo Okitegaki.” This document was written by Ujishige Hojo of the powerful Hojo family,
and is the oldest written document existing in Koshigaya.
Nio Statue - Part of the Temple Gate
It is uncertain when the Koshigaya Hisaizu Shrine was built, but it is said to house the main
guardian deity of the Koshigaya area, and contains a prefectural natural treasure and a
prefectural cultural treasure in its grounds. The natural treasure is a wisteria plant that is
about 200 years old, and the cultural treasure is the residence where the influential Shinto
scholar, Atsutane Hirata lived for a time. An ema, a votive picture tablet, dedicated by Hirata,
is also kept at the shrine.
The shrine’s grounds contain a kuhi, a stone tablet inscribed with a haiku, bearing a poem
composed by Gozan Koshigaya, who was a literary figure born in Koshigaya, and the is
acknowledged as the originator of Japanese dialectology. Also, the grove within the shrine’s
grounds contains many Japanese cypress and zelkova trees, as well as many sudajii, which
is a type of chinquapin.
Wisteria and the Koshigaya Hisaizu Shrine
The Mitakata Ruins are located on the northern side of the Japan Rail - Musashino Line
in Koshigaya City’s Osagami area, and date from the later part of the Tumulus period
(250 - 552).
During archeological excavations carried out in 1966 and 1967, two housing sites and
an enigmatic ditch were found. Again, the ruins have yielded earthenware vessels, tools
for spinning thread, fishing sinkers, building materials, wooden items such as food vessels,
and pieces of stone shaped as weapons, ceremonial items and tools for use in daily life.
These artifacts suggest that the people living in Koshigaya in the Tumulus Period spun
thread, caught fish, and cultivated rice. Again, as some of these artifacts are made from
stone that is not found in the Koshigaya area, it is thought that trade between the
people living in Koshigaya and in other areas may have taken place. A number of these
artifacts are exhibited in the first floor lobby of the Koshigaya City Library.
Reconstructed Tumulus Period House