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Walk around Kamakura Gozan (Five Temples), Jomyo-ji Temple and bamboo temple, Hokoku-ji Temple (Kanagawa)

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Date: December 18, 2019

Posted on January 20, 2020

Bamboo temple, Hokoku-ji Temple

Saw a weather forecast to become high in temperature today, took a walk through Kamakura after a long absence. I visited the temple which was one of Kamakura Gozan called Jomyo-ji Temple and two neighboring temples to arrive at from Kamakura Station by bus to the Asahina area for approximately 15 minutes this time.
At first, I went to "Hokoku-ji Temple" in the place like a 5-minute walk from the Jomyo-ji Temple bus stop. Hokoku-ji Temple was a Zen Buddhism temple of the Rinzai sect, Kencho-ji Temple group founded in 1334, and Ietoki Ashikaga who was a grandfather of Takauji Ashikaga who founded the Muromachi Shogunate did the open basis. The garden of the mossed approach to a shrine side is impressive when I enter at the sanmon gate and is the appearance that all colored leaves of them are combined at this time, and is quiet. There is a belfry in the front of the approach to a shrine, and the place where it went up the right stair becomes the main hall of the temple. In addition, this temple is famous as a bamboo temple, and a forest of a kind of thick-stemmed bamboo spreads when I enter the garden at the garden entrance of the bamboo on the left side of the main hall. The bamboo forest is not very big, but there is the walk road that can make an excursion in a forest and can suffer Matcha while seeing bamboo forest in the back building. "Yagura" (A cave-type cinerarium or chantry)which are dotted with the mountain behind is a precious historic spot of the Middle Ages to stay on this ground.

Jomyo-ji Temple which is one of Kamakura Gozan

When I came back to the Jomyo-ji Temple bus stop from Hokoku-ji Temple and I turned left and advanced, there was an outer gate of Jomyo-ji Temple in the front. During construction, I entered the precincts at the right roadside now as I could not enter in from an outer gate.Jomyo-ji Temple claims Toukasan and is the old historic temple of the Rinzai sect Kencho-ji Temple group having status of a Buddhist temple of the fifth place of Kamakura Gozan. This temple was founded in 1188, and the open basis is Sadauji who is father of Takauji Ashikaga. The temple had 23 sub-temples in those days, but gradually declines for a fire and is forming a Buddhist monastery now in an outer gate, the main hall of a Buddhist temple, a reception hall, Buddhist priests' living quarters. I entered the precincts and went and worshiped at the main hall of a Buddhist temple of the front and went to "Kisen-an" in the main hall of a Buddhist temple left depths. I can suffer Matcha while appreciating the garden of the dry landscape Japanese garden from the porch here. In addition, there is a cherry tree called "Kamatari sakura" near a garden, and it is said that the place name of Kamakura comes from a wooden statue (secrecy) of Kamatari Fujiwara enshrined in this temple.
There is the Italian restaurant which the bread studio adds called Ishigama garden terrace when it goes up the back slope of the precincts. It is a hideaway restaurant of Kamakura and is the restaurant where it is quiet, and the atmosphere is good where a seasonal flower blooms.

Kamakura oldest temple, Sugimoto-dera Temple

Sugimoto-dera Temple is on the right side when I walk the bus street towards the Kamakura area from Jomyo-ji Temple for around ten minutes. This temple is Kamakura oldest temple, and erected by Minister, Fusasaki Fujiwara and Buddhist priest, Gyouki by the wish of the Koumyo empress who was Empress of the Emperor Shomu for 734 years. A principal idol is three Kannons with eleven faces which three Buddhist priests (Gyouki Bosatsu, 734 years, Jikakudaishi ennin, 851 years, Eshinsouzu genshin, 986 years) produced. There is the main gate of a Buddhist temple with Nioson of the Unkei product when I climb the approach to a shrine of the stone stairway, and the stone stairway which was mossed when I go through there continues. Because this stone stairway became put under ban of an entrance, I went ahead through the stone stairway of the left side and went to the main hall of a Buddhist temple. The main hall of a Buddhist temple is a quite old structure of the roof of thatch, and it is the scenery which harmonized with trees of mountains of circumference.
There were few comparative tourists in Kamakura, and three temples which I visited this time were quiet calm good places.

Experience Details

Title Walk around Kamakura Gozan (Five Temples), Jomyo-ji Temple and bamboo temple, Hokoku-ji Temple (Kanagawa)
Website https://www.tripadvisor.jp/AttractionsNear-g303156-d1311121-Jomyo_ji_Temple-Kamakura_Kanagawa_Prefecture_Kanto.html
Access It is 15 minutes by bus to the Asahina area from JR Kamakura Station, and get off at "Jomyo-ji Temple" bus stop.
Fee Hokoku-ji Temple:admission fee 300yen Jomyo-ji Temple:admission fee 100yen Sugimoto-dera Temple:admission fee 200yen

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