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Ankokuron-ji Temple

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A temple with a cavern, where Nichiren is said to have written his treatise Rissho Ankoku Ron

(C) Kamakura-PhotoAnkokuron-ji is a temple belonging to the Nichiren sect of Buddhism. In 1260, Nichiren, a Buddhist monk who founded the sect that bears his name, wrote a treatise called Rissho Ankoku Ron (Treatise On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land), concerning the proper approach to politics and religion, in order to submit this to Hojo Tokiyori, who was effectively the supreme ruler of the shogunate at that time; a mountainside cave called Gohokutsu, located within the precincts of Ankokuron-ji, is said to be the place where he wrote this treatise. It is also said that he used it as a place for proselytizing and preaching. A small hermitage has been built to enshrine this cave. The name of the temple is taken from the title of his treatise.

Nichiren advocated new teachings, so his treatise aroused hostility, and a cavern called Nanmenkutsu, which is also located within the temple precincts, is said to be the place where he hid when people who objected to his teachings burned down his dwelling.

The Bell of Peace, which can be reached by climbing the mountain path beyond the cave, is also called "The Rissho-Ankoku Bell"; cast in 1987 by the Living National Treasure Masahiko Katori, the current bell is an elegant masterpiece with clean lines, which you won't tire of looking at. Further along the mountain path is Fujimidai, a spot with a beautiful view, where Nichiren is said to have gone every day to look at Mount Fuji and chant the Lotus Sutra.

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Address: 4-4-18, Omachi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa
Phone: 0467-22-4825
Hours open to visitors: 9:00-16:30
Admission Fee: 100 yen (admission)
Closed: Mondays (open when a national holiday)
Directions: Take the Keihin Kyuko Bus bound for Midorigaoka-iriguchi from the east entrance of Kamakura Station (on the JR Yokosuka Line, 50 minutes away from Tokyo Station) to Nagoshi, which is a 3-minute ride. Then walk for 2 minutes to the destination. Or, walk for 12 minutes from Kamakura Station (on the JR Yokosuka Line, 50 minutes away from Tokyo Station) to the destination. (Car) 10-minute drive from Asahina Interchange on Yokohama-Yokosuka Road.

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