Myohoji Temple (Kokedera Temple), Kamakura

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Ryōgonzan Renge-in Myōhō-ji is a Buddhist temple of the Nichiren sect in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan. It is one of a group of three built near the site in Matsubagayatsu, or the Valley of Pine Needles, where Nichiren, founder of the Buddhist sect that bears his name, is supposed to have had his hut. The temple has also close ties with Prince Morinaga and the Imperial House.
Kamakura is known for having been in the 13th century the cradle of Nichiren Buddhism. Founder Nichiren was not born there: he came from Awa Province, in today's Chiba Prefecture, and had come to Kamakura because at the time the city was the cultural and political center of the country. He built himself a hut in the Matsubagayatsu district where three temples (Ankokuron-ji, Myōhō–ji, and Chōshō-ji), have been fighting for centuries for the honor of being his sole heir. All three say they lie on the very spot where he used to have his hut, however none of them can prove its claims. The Shinpen Kamakurashi, a guide book to Kamakura commissioned by Tokugawa Mitsukuni in 1685, already mentions a strained relationship between Myōhō–ji and Chōshō-ji. However, when the two temples finally went to court, with a sentence emitted in 1787 by the shogunate's tribunals Myōhō–ji won the right to claim to be the place where Nichiren had his hermitage. It appears that Ankokuron-ji did not participate in the trial because the government's official position was that Nichiren had his first hut there, when he first arrived in Kamakura, but that he made another near Myōhō–ji after he came back from his exile in Izu in 1263.
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  • On this day, we made plans to go around the temple in The Timber Za, and then to the temples and shrines in Omachi, and visited them one by one. At The Lumber House, we went around Komei-ji Temple, Sentein Temple, Kushinji Temple, and so on, and once we strolled around the Peony Garden of Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine, we visited Ankoku-no-Ji Temple in Omachi, Myoho-ji Temple, Anseiin, Yakunjinsha, and Honshin-ji Temple. This Myoho-ji temple is a short walk from Ankoku-no-ji Temple, at the reception desk when you enter the gate, paid ¥300, and after offering the incense sticks you received at the reception to the main hall, bypassing the stone steps from the splendid Jin-o-mon, climbing the moss-stone steps from Hokado temple and shakado ruins, I was able to take a leisurely walk to the tomb of The Great Tower Palace. This temple is a temple of the Nichiren sect, and it is said that it was opened in the matsutagaya kusaan ruins where The Nichiren moved from Abo in the temple of the Nichiren sect in the year of the founding, but the substantial opening mountain is said to be the 1357 years in Nichiei, which is the fifth generation by counting from Nichiren. It is said that Hiei was born between the son of Emperor Godaigo, The King and The Daughter of Fujiwara Hoto, and the south of The Minami-Minami-no-Kata, and set up a cathedral in this land to remember Nichiren and to mourn the bodhisattva of his father, The Prince Of Goryo. The main son is written as the four masters of the tower. The admission fee was ¥300, but i was sorry that the priest was away.
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  • In narrow streets called "Lotus SA province" is a short walk from the Anyang hospital, are located in the back. Nichiren, Soan is first opened is. Stone pine Deng's small Valley West. Nichiren is the criticism of other denominations, tsujiseppou is the religious persecution of Pine Valley because the origin was burnt. After Ichigo Imperial Prince of one day, Hiei grim memorial service for mother and father to death, seems built the Temple in this area to protect the ruins of Nichiren.
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  • I had interested to visit this temple. Because my grandma was Buddhist and she followed Nichiren philosophy. It was very mysterious and very calm. Each building has old history and it had description for each building so I enjoyed to walk beautiful garden with look at each building temples. But we visited in summer like end of June So many mosquitoes...we had many mosquitoes bite
  • 300 yen to enter the premises. You are given one free incense prayer stick which they light for you. Plus you get brochures in English. Love the energy here! Great vibes. Moss stone steps at the back of the temple.
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