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Gokuraku-ji, the only temple of Shingon Risshu sect in Kamakura, was built in 1259 by Hojo Shigetoki, the third son of Hojo Yoshitoki. Shigetoki died before the temple was completed, but his sons Nagatoki and Naritoki took over and completed it. The once prosperous temple has since been destroyed by earthquakes, typhoons, and fires. Only the main shrine, Kissho-in, remains standing now. The temple is known for its pretty cherry blossoms in summer and hydrangea in summer. The roof is thatched and has a charming appearance.
3-6-7 Gokurakuji, Kamakura, Kanagawa
The temple has pretty flowers and is the only temple of the Shingon Risshu sect in Kamakura.
3 minutes from Gokurakuji Station on Enoshima Electric Railway.
20 minutes from Asahina IC on Yokohama-Yokosuka Expressway.
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