Founded in 1069 as a Shingon(Esoteric school of Buddhism) temple it was converted to Soto sect during 15th to 16th century and renamed as its current name MYOKOJI. The temple is best known by the story of legendary Ozeki Raiden Tame-emon who wished for the child to this temple and got one. In 1916 the temple became the official prayer site for Sumo Association based in Tokyo. The temple has the cherry-wood statues of Yokozuna Grand Champions from 15th to 27th from late 19th to early 20th century and some refree statues.
Haranoya River running parallel to Old Tokaido Road between Fukuroi and Kakegawa and flowing out to Enshunada Beach after merging into Ohta river is a popular walking and jogging road for Fukuroi residents. The riverside area has some nice parks including Skate Park for Skateboarders and Shinsui(Stream-play) Park where there is a place for barbequeing. The riverside area is part of some walking trails of Fukuroi. I enjoyed that part of the walking trail #3 after visiting Ogasayama Sports Park, Hattasan Son'eiji Temple and Aino Park. When I walked along the riverside trail I found some cosmos flowers blooming on the north side of the river. When you choose to stay at Fukuroi, you will enjoy the area for morning or late afternoon walk or jogging.
Founded in 793, this temple is how the nameplace Fukuoi came from because its temple nickname is FUKUROI-SAN. It is also referred to as Hesodera(Navel Temple), because this temple is part of Fukuroi-shuku, 27th post station of Tokaido and in the middle of the Old Tokaido Road. This temple is blessed with a number of legends such as a story of a fox who turned into a human as a samurai Tadanobu and helped Yoshitsune Minamoto and his mistress Lady Shizuka reunite. This legend was incorporated into a Kabuki play YOSHITSUNE SENBON ZAKURA(Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees) and also became themes of some Ukiyoe woodblock paintings to introduce Fukuroi-shuku.