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Hokaiji Temple

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3-chōme-5-22 Komachi, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0006, Japan

Longstanding Buddhist temple, completed in 1335, with unique artifacts & a tragic past.

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Mondays: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Tuesdays: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesdays: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Thursdays: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Fridays: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturdays: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Sundays: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

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Carbo Des a month ago

Turn right at the third torii gate of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and continue along Yokooji for a while until you come to a T-junction with Kanazawa Kaido. Hokaiji Temple is located here. After the fall of the Hojo clan, it was built by Takauji Ashikaga on the orders of Emperor Godaigo, on the site of the former residence of the Hojo clan's successive regents, which was then called the Komachi residence. Although it is a small temple, there are some interesting buildings that I would like to take my time to look around. You can go up to the main hall to pray. You can get a goshuin stamp inside the main hall. The principal image is the Enmei Jizo who reads sutras for raising children and is said to be the first of Kamakura's 24 Jizo. You can also write images of Buddha's mother Junteikannon, the second of the Thirty-Three Kannons of Kamakura, and Bishamonten, the Seven Lucky Gods of Kamakura and Enoshima. Inside the main hall are ① Shokanzeon ② Fudo Myoo ③ Bishamonten (Seven Lucky Gods of Kamakura and Enoshima) ④ Fudoson Omaedachi ⑤ Buddha's Mother Junke Kanzeon (Junteikanzeon)〈Kamakura Thirty-Three Kannon Temple No. 2〉 ⑥ Prince Shotoku (2-year-old statue) ⑦ Taishakuten (Wakidate) Prefectural Important Cultural Property ⑧ Childcare Sutra Reading Jizo Daibosatsu (Kamakura 24 Jizo Buddha Temple No. 1) Created by Sanjo Hoin Kenen in the 4th year of Sadaji. Designated as a national treasure in 1907. Currently an important cultural property. ⑨ Bonten (Wakidate) Prefectural Important Cultural Property. ) ⑪ Dengyo Daishi (Dengyo Daishi) ⑫ Enma Daio (Yakuyokeenma) ⑬ Godaikoku Shijikashozazou of the Fifth Kokushi ⑭ Kobo Daishi (Kobo Daishi) ) ⑮ Karabutsu Jizo statue ⑯ Heavenly maiden of good fortune ⑰ Heavenly maiden of marriage *Please refrain from taking photos inside the main hall.

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R_knee DLF a year ago

👍👍👍

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Thomas Roux 5 years ago

Temple build to appease the souls of the Hojo clan. The family's mark is a triforce, the one later used in Zelda video games. Quite nice place, very well maintained. You can't take pictures inside the main building, but you can enter it. Some old and respect-inspiring Buddha statues are kept there. Overall a very quiet and zen feeling. On the right side of the bui8, don't miss the small altar where you can pour water on stones and enjoy the sound of the flow created.

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ADream In Japan 6 years ago

This temple was recommended by a friend of mine who studies Buddhist temples. I asked what temple was his favorite in Kamakura and he said this one! He was right. The Buddha’s inside ( pics not allowed) were marvelous. Ornate, well kept. Traditional. This temple was also on the 7-temples for the 7 gods day trip around Kamakura, where you buy a special board and go and get the seal from each temple. The staff was very nice, the grounds were marvelous, the omamori well priced. There is a 100¥ entry fee, but every penny goes to upkeep. Wonderful visit.

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Vishwanath Garadimani 7 years ago

Very calm n divine