It is said that Jochiji was founded in 1281 by Hojo Tokiyori (top administrator of the Kamakura Shogunate) to mourn for his son, Munemasa, who died at the age of 29.
Among many shrines and temples in Kamakura, the prestigious temple that is one of the five great Zen temples of Kamakura attracts many travelers.
After being lost by fire, the temple has now Somon (main gate), Butsuden (Buddha hall) and other buildings reconstructed after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Bamboo groves and turrets are arranged in the grounds with the quiet atmosphere appropriate for a Zen temple. Sanmon gate with katomado window is also used as a shoro (belfry), which is rare in Kamakura. There are also other buildings with ambience such as Somon, Butsuden and Kuri (living quarter of priests.) Just walking in the wide and trim grounds where seasonal flowers are blooming will make you feel expansive.
In addition to the three images of Buddha and charming tanukizuka (raccoon dog mound,) don't miss the stone statue of Hotei, one of the Seven Deities of Good Fortune (each bestows different happiness) in a cave at a corner. They say touching the belly of enigmatically smiling Hotei brings fortune.
Address: 1402 Yamanouchi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa
Hours open to visitors: 9:00-16:30
Admission Fee: 200 yen for admission
Directions: By train: an eight-minute walk from Kita-Kamakura Station (45 minutes from Tokyo) on the JR Yokosuka Line
By car: 20 minutes from Asahina Interchange on the Yokohama-Yokosuka Expressway