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In the middle of Edo period, Bakin Takizawa spent 28 years to finish writing the novel “Nanso Satomi Hakkenden”. The novel was a big hit among commoners. The story is based on the history of Satomi Clan who was a lord of Awa Area, and probably many have had the feeling that the story was actually the history of Minamiboso. If you visit “the cave” where the princess Fuse and her dog Yatsufusa lived, or the castle of Satomi, you can be in the story of the princess and the dog, and the eight brave dog warriors.
The Cave of Princess FuseThis cave located in Tomiyama, Minamiboso City, is said to be the place where Princess Fuse and her dog Yatsufusa lived. In the novel, the princess ended her life and was buried there. The eight balls are placed inside the cave. The monument at the entrance says the dog Yatsufusa is also buried here.
Godo, Minamiboso City
Yatsufusa ParkThe novel tells that the dog Yatsufusa was born in a village of Inugake and was nurtured by a raccoon dog. He was named Yatsufusa after the eight spots on his body. There is a statue of Yatsufusa and the raccoon dog just below Kasuga Shrine.
Takida CaslteAccording to the novel, Takida Castle was the residence of Jin’yo Clan and was taken over by his man Sadakane Yamashita. Yoshizane Satomi destroyed Sadakane and also excuted his concubine Tamazusa. The story starts when her ghost haunts the Satomi clan and the eight dog warriors face their fate and fight against the ghost. Historially, Jin’yo (Kanamari) clan lived in Kanamari, Tateyama City and Takida Castle was a residence of Isshiki clan. On the top of the hill today, there is an observatory and a bronze statue of Princess Fuse and Yatsufusa.
Hakkenden Museum (Tateyama Castle)The castle on the hill top of today’s Shiroyama park was once built as a residence of Yoshiyasu the 9th, and Tadayoshi the 10th lord of Satomi. Inside the recently rebuilt castle exhibits artifacts related to Hakkenden. It is also a popular spot to view the whole Tateyama City and the Bay.
Open 9:00 – 17:00 (enter before 16:45)
Shiroyama Park, 351-2 Tateyama, Tateyama City Tel:0470-23-5212
Monument of the Eight WarriorsWhen the last lord Tadayoshi Satomi died in Hoki (today’s Totttori Prefecture) in 1662, eight of his loyal warriors followed their masters to the grave. It is said that the warriors’ remains were buried and the monument was built to comfort their souls.
Shiroyama Park , 351-2 Tateyama, Tateyama City
Jion-in TempleThis Soto-sect temple is one of Satomi’s family temples located in the east of Tateyama Castle site. It has a grave of the 9th lord Yoshiyasu Satomi, and it is said his younger brother Gyokuho established the temple in 1581. It has handwritten letters by Yoshiyasu and other historically important documents. 1709 Kamisanagura, Tateyama City Tel:0470-23-7261
Yoro-ji TempleIt is said to be established by En no Ozune in 717, and its principal image of 11 headed Goddess of Mercy is said to be made by the priest Gyoki. In the property of this Shingon-sect temple are Yakushi-do hall, a cave with a stone statue of Enno Gyoja and Dokkosui well. In the novel, princess Fuse received the eight crystal balls from Enno Gyoja.
1331 Sunosaki, Tateyama City
Skill of ukiyoe artists who popularized “Nanso Satomi Hakkenden”The novel “Nanso Satomi Hakkenden” was very popular in the Edo period. Until then, a common publication was picture books whose main attraction was pictures rather than stories. Unlike them, “Hakkenden” had its story in the center, with some dramatic, effective pictures, and won tremendous fame, and ukiyoe artists were inspired by the story. Kunishige Utagawa, Kunichika Toyohara, Kunisada Utagawa, and other leading artists released their works with the theme of Hakkenden story.
The eight dog warriors painted by the Ukiyoe artists added dynamism and the prints were probably pined-up at houses of people, just like today’s movie star posters.
Spring Event Guide
Planned exhibit "Abalone – its beauty and delicacy-"
Illuminated flower fields
Sea Firefly (Umihotaru) observation
Minamiboso Hana Umi Road
For more information and inquiries
Tateyama City Hands-on Experience Center (Tateyama City Commerce, Industry, and Tourism Section) Tel:0470-22-2530
Michi no Eki Tomiura Biwa Kurabu (Minamiboso City Tourism Promotion Section) Tel:0470-33-4611