About Chōshō-ji Temple
Chōshō-ji Temple is a Nichiren Buddhist temple located in Kamakura City and bears the mountain name “Ishiiyama.” This temple is considered one of the places where Nichiren Shonin, the founder of Nichiren Buddhism, first established a small thatched hut when he came to Kamakura in the fifth year of the Kenchō era (1253). It is said that Ishii Nagakatsu, the lord of this area at the time, became a follower of Nichiren and built a Hokke Hall within his residence, which he then donated to Nichiren, marking the beginning of this temple. The Hokke Hall that was built at that time still stands today.
The main deity enshrined in the temple is a large mandala, and it is an affiliated temple of Honkoku-ji, the head temple of the Nichiren sect. During the Edo period, it was granted a red seal certificate by the shogunate, signifying its historical significance.
Location: 2-12-17 Zaimokuza, Kamakura City
Access: 18 minutes on foot from JR Kamakura Station
Admission fee: Free
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