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Tokugawa Tour

Ojima in Ota City was the main area of the Nitta Manor in the Medieval Period. In the Edo Era, the area prospered with the support of the Tokugawa Edo government because Yoshisue Tokugawa, the founder of the Tokugawa clan, was believed to have been from this area. Many historical sites are located within the city.

Ojima is also known to have held a piece of land belonging to Tsugaru, Aomori Prefecture, and so in cooperation with Hirosaki City, Aomori, a festival called Ojima Neputa Matsuri is held on August 14th and 15th of every year.

General Tour

Starting from Tobu Tetsudo Serada StationYasaka Jinja (Yasaka Shrine): Address:1497 Serada-cho [Seisen-ji (Seisen Temple): Address: 1490 Serada-cho] around History Park [Souji-ji (Souji Temple): Address: 3201-1 Serada-cho・Choraku-ji (Choraku Temple): Address: 3119-6 Serada-cho ・Serada Tosho-gu (Serada Tosho Shrine): Address: 3119-1 Serada-cho・Nitta-no-sho Museum of History: Address: 3113-9 Serada-cho)] Fumon-ji (Fumon Temple) Address: 1128 Serada-cho Eitoku-ji (Eitoku Temple) Address: 375 Tokugawa-cho Mantoku-ji (Mantoku Temple)・Archives: Address: 385-1 Tokugawa-cho Toyo-ji (Toyo Temple): Address: 1492 Ootachi-cho

Staring from Tobu Tetsudo Kizaki Station Myouou-in (Myouou Temple): Address: 200-1 Anyoji-cho [Hanamizuka Koen (Hamamizuka Park): Address: 87-3 Musashishima-cho Jozo-ji (Jozo Temple): Address: 221 Horiguchi-cho Iwamatsu Hachiman-gu (Iwamatsu Hachiman Shrine): Address: 250 Iwamatsu-cho Shoren-ji (Shoren Temple)・Iwamatsu-shi Yakata Ato (the Iwamatsus’ Mansion): Address: 609 Iwamatsu-cho Aimin-ji (Aimin Temple): Address: 454-1 Ojima-cho

Where to Go for Sightseeing

Yasaka Jinja (Yasaka Shrine)

A big festival called Serada Gion is held at the end of July.

Address: 1497 Serada-cho, Ota
Telephone: +81-276-52-2969

The History Park

Many historical sites surround the park, including Tosho-ji (Tosho Shrine), Choraku-ji (Choraku Temple) and Nitta-no-sho Museum of History.

Fumon-ji (Fumon Temple)

This is a Tendai Sect temple. In the precincts, there is a Buddhist temple bell donated by the Iwamatsus. There is also the tomb of Konzo Moro, a historian, who wrote a history of Gunma Prefecture.

Address: 1128 Serada-cho, Ota
Telephone: +81-276-52-1039

Eitoku-ji (Eitoku Temple)

This temple is also called Satsuki-dera (Azalea Temple) because of its beautiful azalea garden. It is believed that Yoshisue Tokugawa lived in this area.

Address: 373 Tokugawa-cho, Ota
Telephone: +81-276-52-1856

Enkiri-dera Mantoku-ji Shiryo-kan
(Archives of Mantoku Temple)

Mantoku-ji (Mantoku Temple) was officially authorized by the Edo government as one of the two temples which sheltered and protected runaway wives inside. The other temple was Tokei-ji (Tokei Temple) in Kamakura, Kanagawa. A collection of historical records has been kept at the archives attached to Mantoku-ji.

Address: 385-1 Tokugawa-cho, Ota
Telephone: +81-276-52-2276
Hours: 9:30 to 17:00. Closed on Mondays, and December 29th to January 3rd. Admission Fee: 200 yen. Free for junior high school students or younger children.

Toyo-ji (Toyo Temple)

Parcels of land surrounding Ootachi town in Ota were previously administered by Tsugaru, Aomori. Thus, a stone pagoda of Adachi, a local administrator of Tsugaru, stands in the precincts of Toyo-ji (Toyo Temple)

Address: 1492 Ootachi-cho, Ota
Telephone: +81-276-52-0619

Myouou-in (Myouou Temple)

A must to see is a 6-meter-high stone pagoda shaped like a pyramid with a thousand Fudo Myouou carved on the four sides and a tower on the top inscribed in Sanskrit characters.

Address: 200-1 Anyoji-cho, Ota
Telephone: +81-276-52-0735

Jozo-ji (Jozo Temple)

Gochi-do Fudo-do is located within the precincts of this temple. The ginkgo tree behind it is the largest of its kind in Gunma Prefecture.

Address: 221 Horiguchi-cho, Ota

Iwamatsu Hachiman-gu
(Iwamatsu Hachiman Shrine)

This Hachiman Shrine was constructed based on an anecdote; when Yoshisada Nitta visited Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu in Kyoto, he picked up a pine nut in the precincts and planted it on this site. This area was previously called Inuma-kyo, but when the pine tree grew, the name was changed to Iwamatsu-kyo blending the two words “iwa” from Iwashimizu” and “matsu” meaning pine. When Hachiman-gu was built here, it was called Iwamatsu Hachiman-gu.

Address: 250 Iwamatsu-cho, Ota

Shoren-ji (Shoren Temple)

It is believed that this temple was constructed by Yoshikuni Minamoto. One of his descendents, Hisazumi Iwamatsu had his secluded life in this temple. He enjoyed writing poems, drawing and painting. His self-portrait left in the temple was registered a important prefectural cultural property.

Address: 609 Iwamatsu-cho, Ota.

Aimin-ji (Aimin Temple)

This is a temple belonging to the Jodo Sect. Gyokunen was the first priest here.

Address: 454-1 Ojima-cho, Ota