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Jufukuji

Located a few minutes walk from the west exit of Kamakura Station, Jufukuji slumbers peacefully away from the hustle and bustle of Komachi Dori. Upon entering the outer gate, a feeling of tranquility descends: here nature and time have woven a delicate tapestry with moss covered rocks and trees gently guiding you to the main hall.

Jufukuji was built by Masako Hojo to commemorate her husband Miyamoto Yoritomo, who died in a riding accident. It is Kamakura’s first Zen temple, with founding priest Myoan Eisai chosen personally by Masako.  Eisai (considered the father of Zen Buddhism in Japan) also introduced green tea to Japan, bringing seedlings back from China.

Although most of the temple is closed to visitors except during holidays like Golden Week, one can still get close enough to appreciate the beauty of Jufukuji.  The temple graveyard, located just behind the main hall, contains many yagura (funeral caves) which are sheltered by the lush foliage of the hillside. Here there are cenotaphs for Masako Hojo and Masako’s son Sanetomo, as well as many plots for some of Kamakura’s oldest families.  The graves of Jiro Osaragi (novelist), Kyoshi Takahama (haiku poet), and Iso Mutsu (Gertrude Ethel Passingham) can also be found here.

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