Sugimoto-dera 杉本寺

About Sugimoto-dera Temple

Sugimoto Temple is a temple founded by the venerable monk Gyouki in the 6th year of the Tenpyo era, and is said to be the oldest spiritual site in Kamakura, which existed before Minamoto no Yoritomo entered the city. The temple has a moss-covered stone stairway leading to the main hall, which seems to tell the story of its long history. Many prayer flags flutter on both sides of the stairway (the stairway is closed to the public). In addition, the main hall enshrines three Juichimen Kannon Bodhisattva statues, which are designated as important cultural properties by the Japanese government and give visitors a deep impression.

Location: 903 Nikaido, Kamakura City
– By foot: 30 minutes on foot from JR Kamakura Station
– By Keihin Kyuko Bus: ake 鎌23 or 鎌24(鎌倉霊園正門前太刀洗 金沢八景駅 ゆき) or 鎌36(ハイランド循環)from the east exit of Kamakura Station and get off at Sugimoto Kannon(杉本観音), then walk 1 minute.

Hours: 9:00-16:00
Admission fee: 300 yen for adults, 200 yen for junior high school students, 100 yen for elementary school students
Toilets: Available

・Nearby Shrines, Temples, and Other Sights

Hōkoku-ji 報国寺(5-minute walk)
Jōmyō-ji 浄妙寺(7-minute walk)
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu 鶴岡八幡宮(11-minute walk)

<< Northeast area of Kamakura