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Ryuko-ji Temple (寂光山 龍口寺)

The head temple of Nichiren Buddhism, located in the Katase neighborhood of Kamakura. The temple’s honorific mountain name is Jakkozan. According to legend, in 1271, the great priest Nichiren was wrongly sentenced to death by beheading by the Kamakura shogunate, but just before the sentence could be executed, the executioners were blinded by a brilliant flash of light, and Nichiren’s life was spared. Thereafter, in 1337, one of Nichiren’s disciples, Nippo, built a hall commemorating the event in which he placed a figure of Nichiren he carved himself as well as the hide which was placed on a rock for Nichiren to rest on before being beheaded. This hall then eventually became the Ryuko-ji Temple. In addition to the main temple building and bell tower, the temple grounds are also home to the dungeon where Nichiren is said to have been imprisoned. The temple’s wooden five tier pagoda is one of only a very few nationwide that was constructed in the Meiji period.


Kanagawa Pref. Fujisawashi Katase 3-13-37 (Shonan / KamakuraArea)

phone 0466257357

9:00-16:00 (May change due to festivals, etc.)

Review of Ryuko-ji Temple

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Reviewed:2017/11/09 Near Enoshima station of Enoden
A few minutes walk from the Enoshima station of Enoden.
Besides the gorgeous main shrine, some other structures are there.
5 story Pagoda, white pagoda, and others.

Another impressive event here was...
Reviewed:2016/05/26 Ryukouji suprise
We were staying near Koshigoe and visited Enoshima. On our walk back we saw some Shinto shrine indicators and kept walking further in. The nature around this shrine was refreshing and outside of 1-2...
Reviewed:2015/06/05 Worth a quick visit before you hop the train back to Kamakura
After visiting Enoshima we decided to detour to visit the temple before heading back to Kamakura. It is a short distance from the train station on the mainland and an easy walk. You can look out...

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Kanagawa Pref. Fujisawashi Katase 3-13-37 [map]
Shonan / KamakuraArea
9:00-16:00 (May change due to festivals, etc.)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Kanagawa prefecture acts as an extension of the Tokyo metropolis that spills over into coastal towns, most notably Yokohama city, heavily populated and known for its Chinatown and seaside attractions. Just the right distance for a day trip out of Tokyo, Kanagawa is home to some of Tokyo’s most accessible beaches, including around Kamakura, best known for its Big Buddha. Visitors can also travel a little farther afield for a weekend at Hakone onsen town.