Seichoji Temple

Seichoji Temple was founded in 771. In the Kamakura period (1185-1333), Nichiren Shonin, the founder of Nichiren school of Buddhism, was ordained as a priest and at the age of 32, he made a vow to establish Rikkyo and open the sect. The temple is 377 meters above sea level and is surrounded by cedar trees.

The temple grounds cover an area of 34,300 tsubo (about 113,256 square meters) and are dotted with a large hall, an ancestral hall, a koryu (a temple sanctuary), and a kannondo (a temple for the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy). The main hall enshrines Kokuzo Bosatsu, the bodhisattva of wisdom and good fortune. The central gate is a tangible cultural property designated by Chiba Prefecture, the great cedar of Kiyosumi is a natural monument designated by the national government, and the Forest tree frog is a natural treasure designated by Chiba Prefecture.

The Kiyosumi Giant Cedar

The Great Cedar of Kiyosumi has long been called the "Thousand Year Cedar." Although the actual age of the tree is unknown, the local people are familiar with it as a sacred tree. The trunk circumference is 14.2 m, and the actual height of the tree is approximately 48 m. It is designated as a national natural treasure.


322-1 Kiyosumi, Kamogawa city, Chiba


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