Southwest area of Kamakura

The southwestern area of Kamakura is a popular tourist spot. Kōtoku-in is a Jodo sect temple known for the Great Buddha of Kamakura, a large bronze statue that serves as its main deity. It is also designated as a national historic site. Hase-dera is a Jodo sect temple that enshrines the Eleven-faced Kannon Bodhisattva, the largest wooden statue in Japan, as its main deity. Its beautiful grounds are often referred to as the “Western Paradise of Kamakura.” Lastly, Gokuraku-ji is a historic temple founded by Shigetoki, the third son of Hojo Yoshitoki, belonging to the Shingon Ritsu sect. Although it was originally a large temple, it was destroyed by fire, and only the Kichijou-in Hall, which enshrines the main statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, and the Treasure Hall remain today. Additionally, there is Goryo Shrine, which is beloved by the local people. It is said to have been established in the late Heian period, and the “Menkake Procession” held every September attracts crowds with people wearing grotesque masks parading through the streets. By visiting these temples and shrines, you can experience the history and culture of Kamakura.

Kōtoku-in 高徳院(大仏) Hase-dera 長谷寺
Goryo Shrine 御霊神社 Gokuraku-ji 極楽寺
Inamugagasaki 稲村ヶ崎 Shichirigahama 七里ヶ浜海岸