Ankokuronji Temple 安国論寺

Ankokuron-ji Temple
Ankokuron-ji Temple

A peaceful break from the hustle and bustle of Kamakura

Enjoy some serenity at this Buddhist temple and take a hike through some beautiful mountain paths to follow in the footsteps of the founder of Nichiren Buddhism.

How to Get There

From Tokyo, take the JR Yokosuka Line to Kamakura Station. Ankokuronji is a 20-minute walk to the southeast.

The peace of the land

Nichiren is one of the main strands of Buddhism in Japan, and this temple is said to be where the sect's founder, Nichiren, wrote one of his most famous works, “Treatise on Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land.” The name of the temple is derived from the title in Japanese, Rissho Ankoku Ron.

Gohokutsu Cave

The temple is on a wooded mountain dotted with a number of excellent hiking trails, though they can often be steep and slippery when wet. Be sure to wear proper walking or hiking footwear if you plan on making the ascent. Nichiren is said to have penned his treatise in and preached outside Gohokutsu, a cave on the mountain.

The Bell of Peace

Another cavern, Nanmenkutsu, is where he hid when his work enraged critics who burned down his home. Both caves are on the trail, as is the Bell of Peace, a beautifully cast bell hanging in a wooden tower surrounded by thick foliage. Beyond this is Fujimidai, from where Mt. Fuji can be viewed; this location is said to have been Nichiren's daily meditation spot.

Near Ankokuronji Temple

Ankokuron-ji Temple History
Ankokuronji Temple Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken
An'yo-in Temple History
Anyoin Temple Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Kamakura Komachi-dori Street Attraction
Kamakura Komachi-Dori Street Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Hokoku-ji Temple History
Hokokuji Temple Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Kanagawa Kenritsu Kindai Bijutsukan Museum of Modern Art Art & Design
The Museum Of Modern Art Kamakura & Hayama Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Reitaisai Festivals & Events
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Reitaisai Festival Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken

Please Confirm Your Location

We use location data to provide you with accurate tourism info