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How to Properly Enjoy Kamakura Part 8: Jochi-Ji Temple 金宝山浄智寺

Jochi-Ji Temple ( Rinzai sect) Engakuji School

Why visit here?   Read here first.

  1. You have an interest in Zen Temples.
  2. You have an admiration for cypress wood.
  3. You are on a personal pilgramage to discover Kamakura's five great Zen Temples.
  4. You want to see the famous 3 wooden statues ( Nyorai, past, Amida, present, and Shaka, future) all three are regarded as Designated important Cultural Assets by the government.
Hotei: god of happiness

This temple is only 8 minutes walk from Kita-Kamakura Station, so easy to visit first.   Jochi-Ji is ranked 4th among the great Zen Temples of Kamakura.   The reason I visited here is the admire the Japanese umbrella-pine tree and the styrax bassia trees.   The beauty of a Zen temple is less is more, but I got so much more.   The continuity of traditions is long here in this part of Japan, and I love how things are so well preserved.  

Through zen you learn about self.  

Three Buddhas

Jochi-Ji is one of the largest temples after after after the three great temples of Kenchoji, Engakuji, and Jufukuji.  One of the rarest temples in Kamakura housing the three Buddhas together and in full display.

N.B. Many temples do not exhibit their rare artifacts to the general public unless on special holidays are once a year.  These rare Amidas are on full display and are the principle images of this temple next to Hotei, one of the 7 lucky Gods, and  is located in the back near the tombs on the premises.    Rub its belly and receive some luck!


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