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Myohoji Temple (Kokedera Temple), Kamakura

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web
Ryōgonzan Renge-in Myōhō-ji is a Buddhist temple of the Nichiren sect in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan. It is one of a group of three built near the site in Matsubagayatsu, or the Valley of Pine Needles, where Nichiren, founder of the Buddhist sect that bears his name, is supposed to have had his hut. The temple has also close ties with Prince Morinaga and the Imperial House.Nichiren, Matsubagayatsu and Myōhō–jiKamakura is known for having been in the 13th century the cradle of Nichiren Buddhism. Founder Nichiren was not born there: he came from Awa Province, in today's Chiba Prefecture, and had come to Kamakura because at the time the city was the cultural and political center of the country. He built himself a hut in the Matsubagayatsu district where three temples (Ankokuron-ji, Myōhō–ji, and Chōshō-ji), have been fighting for centuries for the honor of being his sole heir. All three say they lie on the very spot where he used to have his hut, however none of them can prove its claims. The Shinpen Kamakurashi, a guide book to Kamakura commissioned by Tokugawa Mitsukuni in 1685, already mentions a strained relationship between Myōhō–ji and Chōshō-ji. However, when the two temples finally went to court, with a sentence emitted in 1787 by the shogunate's tribunals Myōhō–ji won the right to claim to be the place where Nichiren had his hermitage. It appears that Ankokuron-ji did not participate in the trial because the government's official position was that Nichiren had his first hut there, when he first arrived in Kamakura, but that he made another near Myōhō–ji after he came back from his exile in Izu in 1263.
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  • Close to the earnest, visited the small rain. Go bus from Kamakura station, but slightly wet, so piercingly walked folding umbrella, and it's like not far. Check bus times and back, or the weather was not good for the surprisingly far. I'm sure the weather if you is go walk comfortably. Temple is in a residential area gently. At the door "in the rain often came" the gentle voice, as well as incense and go within. Otherwise the buried grasses alive and possibly approach is but I just hear the rain umbrella, as BU are clean and look good, until I walked through the residential area. Please pray in the main hall to go further back, climb the stone steps and stairs of the MOSS is. Water green moss moist and wet with rain water properly and often forget about time. MOSS steps aside, and even climb stairs, but strong rainstorms also has been abandoned. Photographers like to me as well because it just rained, or had only had one grandfather, firm look slowly around. It is thanks to the rain.
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  • Little bit far from the train station so not confident to walk to go rent a bike? It is unbearably attractive spots like Moss (* ^ ^ *)
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  • The staff went by bus. Entering the grounds and around the residential areas lie spontaneously surrounded a variety plants bloomed nicely. During the Summit of the stairs that MOSS. Surrounded by the trees around a mysterious Japanese feel is beautiful. 15-20 minutes, you can walk up to the top while slowly walking. Rainy days and wet after recently slipping ease seems...
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