Kamakura is a popular tourist destination. Enoden is a small train that connects Kamakura and Fujisawa.The train passes by the side of a private house. Gokurakuji station is the fourth station from Kamakura. The only tunnel of Enoden is between Hase and Gokurakuji.The Gokurakuji station building is surrounded by greenery and has been selected as one of the 100 best stations in the Kanto region. There is a floodgate on the river that runs in front of the station.
”Gokurakuji ”is a 5-minute walk from the station.It was built in 1259 by Ninsho.
At that time, it was a large temple with 49 towers in addition to the temples such as the main hall, auditorium, and three-storied pagoda, but it disappeared due to battles, fires, and earthquakes. The only remaining KISSHOIN is now the main hall.
Ninsho is a priest of the Shingon Risshu sect of the Kamakura period. Born in Nara, I spent the second half of my life in Kamakura. Ninsho is known for its efforts to help vulnerable groups such as the poor and leprosy patients. Ninsho built a house to rescue people at Gokurakuji. We also built a hut for sick and old cows and horses. Ninsho’s efforts have led to modern poverty relief volunteer activities
His tomb behind the precincts can only be visited on April 8th.
”Jojuin” is on the way down Gokurakujizaka. Hydrangeas are planted on the stone steps leading to the mountain gate, and many people visit during the season. It is the best photo spot where you can see the sea of Kamakura.
In the COVID-19 era, Jizoes on the roadside were also wearing a mask.
“Chikaramochiya” is a Japanese sweets shop that has been in business for over 300 years. The shop’s standard product “Gongoro Chikara mochi” is a Japanese sweet made by wrapping freshly made mochi in azuki beans. The shelf life is on the same day.
Turn the corner of the Chikaramochiya, follow the path, and cross the Enoden railroad track to the Goryou Shrine (Gongoro Shrine).
It was built to worship the ancestors of the five families that ruled Kamakura in the late Heian period: Oba, Kajiwara, Nagao, Muraoka, and Kamakura. Then, one day, it became a shrine dedicated to Kamakura Gongoro Kagemasa, who has the honor of being brave.
The road from Gokurakuji Station to Hase Station is a recommended walking path with an old road in Kamakura.