Hōkokuji Temple is one of the Zen temples which belong to Kenchōji Temple of Rinzai Sect.
It was established by Tengan Eko in 1334 (the first year of Kenmu-era) to commemorate Ashikaga Ietoki , grandfather of Takauji , first of the Ashikaga Shōguns.
The principal image enshrined in the main hall is Shaka-nyorai-zazō (sitting Shakyamuni) , which was crafted by a famous Buddhist sculptor , Takuma Hōgen , and is specified as cultural property by Kamakura-city. In the Kashō-dō , (annex) , a detailed statue of the originator Butsujō Zenji (his posthumous title) is also enshrined.
This statue was crafted in 1347, this is also cultural property specified by Kamakura-city. Another statue enshrined here is Kashō-Sonjazō disciple of Buddha.
In the Kamakura Museum, many important treasures of this temple are preserved. Among thm are Tōki-Shū, a manuscript of Chinese poems written by the originator, his wooden (the Kannon).
The manuscript and wooden stamp are specified as important cultural properties by the Japanese Government.
Mōsō bamboo grows here, and Tengan Eko's retreat was here, and forms the current bamboo garden.
We wish your visit to this temple will bring you peace of mind.