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History and highlights of Jorakuji Temple



[Foundation] Late Heian period-early Kamakura period (* estimated)

[Sect] Jodo sect (Honen sect)

[Temple name] Mt. Kongo Shochojuin Omido Jorakuji

[Applicant] Yoshimori Wada (There is a tradition of Yoshimori Wada Shichiamida-do on the Miura Peninsula. Jorakuji is one of them.) * The current main hall was renovated during the Edo period.

[Collection] Five nationally designated important cultural properties, Buddhist statues by Unkei (Amitabha triad, Bishamonten, Fudo Myo), Yokosuka City designated important cultural property, Shaka Sanson Buddhist painting

[Kaisan Jojin] The Kaisan monk at the beginning of 1189 is unknown. In the "History of the Standing of Sueyama at Komyoji Temple" submitted by the Edo Shogunate, the first year of the Kenji era (1275)

[Address] 2-30-5 Ashina, Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Jorakuji Temple

According to the temple, Minamoto no Yoritomo was founded in 1189 to mourn the bodhisattva of his father, Minamoto no Yoshitomo. It is said that Yoshimori Wada and Masako Hojo moved to the current location after the damage. In Kamakura, it is also called Omido, and it still remains as a place name. There is also a theory that it is one of the seven Amida temples built by Yoshimori Wada. On the moon ring-shaped wooden tag, which is the soul of the Buddha statue found in the womb of the statue of Fudo Myo and the statue of Bishamon Tenritsu by Unkei It is known that the applicants for the Buddhist statues are Yoshimori Hira (Wada) and Yoshimori Yoshimori (wife) Ono, as they are described as "Ten Unkei Kobutsu Masters, Written by Kongo Fukohiro Nishibashi Hanafusa". According to the materials of Kamakura Jodo-ji Temple, the temple was opened in the first year of the Jodo sect (1275) because the 4th ancestor of the Jodo sect, Ryogyo Ryogyo (Jodo sect Omotoyama Kamakura Jodo-ji II) moved to the temple, but the history of the temple before that is unknown. In 1591, Ieyasu Tokugawa gave me three red stamped stones. Dou has been partially destroyed several times due to fires and earthquakes, but all have been rebuilt. The principal idols, Amitabha triad and Fudo Myo, Bishamonten, are all designated as national important cultural properties. In the precincts graveyard is Maejima Hisoka's grave, which has a modern Japanese postal system.


About cultural properties held by Jorakuji Temple

[Kamakura period Unkei Buddha]
In the temple biography, the Buddhist statue was designated as an old national treasure, as it was said that Minamoto no Yoritomo had relocated one of the three Kamakura temples built during the Kamakura period, the "Naruchosaku Amida Sanson" of Katsuchojuin. In 1918, only the statue of Amida Sanson (Amitabha Nyorai, Kannon Bosatsu, Seiji Bosatsu) became an important cultural property designated by the national government. A similar name tag was found in the womb of the statue of Fudo Myo. No similar inscription could be found in the womb of the Sanson statue, but it was decided that the Dharani inscribed in the womb had the same handwriting and that all five were Buddhist statues made by Unkei. In 1970, with the cooperation of Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture, and the national government, a storage for Buddhist statues was erected, and in 1975, the statues of Fudo Myo and Bishamonten were also designated as national important cultural properties.

[Edo period Shaka Sansonzu]

The Shaka Sanson map of Jorakuji is drawn on the back of the main hall's Raigo wall. From the seal at the bottom left of the screen, it is written by Yukinoshita Togawa, who lives in Yukinoshita, Kamakura, and was produced in 1837. There are also four lotus ponds on the ground bag board door. In addition to being a masterpiece of Buddhist paintings and temple barrier paintings produced in the late Tokugawa period, it is said that it can be evaluated as a rare painting by a local painter in Kamakura.


Jorakuji Temple Precincts Information

Proceeding along the approach from National Highway No. 134, you will find a commentary sign with the story of Yoshimori Wada and Unkei. Red stamps and souvenirs are available at the office. The Jizo-do is the Enmei Jizo-son (Miura 38 Jizo Sacred Ground 19th Fudasho) that is handed down from Edo. The principal image is enshrined in the main hall. Unkei Buddha is enshrined in the storage (reservation required). Maejima Hisoka's grave at the end of the storage. Maejima Hisoka Memorial Hall and Tea Room (currently under construction) on the summit of Satoyama.


Yokosuka West Coast

The land of Ashina, where Jorakuji is located, is located along Kaigan Nishi-dori (Route 134), which is an extension of Kamakura, Zushi, and Hayama, and there are many scenic spots near Hayama Imperial Villa. In recent years, the sightseeing plan "Hayama Women's Trip" by Keihin Kyuko has become very successful, and it is becoming established as a tourist destination where young female customers can easily come. On March 14, 2020, Zushi Station will become Zushi / Hayama Station. It was renamed and became a hot topic. In addition, due to the nature of the land, there are many immigrants from overseas such as Europe, and Yokosuka City has a base for the US Navy, so many Americans live nearby. In addition, there are many cultural facilities that are connected to overseas such as the movie theaters "Cinema Amigo", "Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Modern Art Hayama", "Yamaguchi Hoshun Memorial Museum", and "Kasya no Mori Contemporary Art Museum". There are many cultural events such as "Festival" and "Hayama Art Festival" throughout the year, making it a perfect place for traveling.

You can enjoy "sea and mountains" while enjoying "food" and "culture"

There are many fishing ports in the sea that continues from Shonan, and you can enjoy fresh fish at restaurants in various places. You can also enjoy the Miura Peninsula brand vegetables, "Miura Vegetables," which are grown in soil that is rich in minerals that have been exposed to the sea breeze. We hope that you will use it all day long and enjoy not only culture but also food and nature as a whole.


Jorakuji annual event

Jorakuji Temple holds various Buddhist events every season.

The most famous of these is the Toya Hosho. It is said that this one-day visit is no less than the work of the Pure Land for a thousand years. We also open books, so please come visit us.

In addition, Jorakuji offers free space rentals and classrooms for the general public.

First of all, please visit the training experience held every month.

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