Photo of the Day: The Gate at Jufuku-ji

imageHeading towards Kita-Kamakura from Kamakura Station, following the Yokosuka Line tracks out the west side of the station, are quite a few small shrines and temples that are somewhat off the beaten track.

One of the bigger temples is Jufuku-ji. Now, you can’t actually enter the temple area, but it’s a nice, short walk up to the fenced temple area under conifers. Beyond the fence is a brilliant green yard, and wooden temple building.

The best part of Jufuku-ji is down a path to your left (if facing the fenced area). Follow it up and around to an old cemetery. Wandering around the old grave markers, you’ll come across the burial site of Masako Hojo, consort of Yoritomo Minamoto, the first shogun of the Kamakura Shogunate, and that of her second son, Sanetomo.

Yoritomo Minamoto is buried elsewhere.

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