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Chōju-ji (Kamakura), Japan

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〒247-0062 Kanagawa-ken

Kamakura-shi, Japan
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N35° 19' 54.04" E139° 33' 2.2"   (35.331677777778, 139.55061111111)
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Hōkizan Chōju Zenji (宝亀山長寿禅寺) is a Rinzai Buddhist temple of the Kenchō-ji school in Yamanouchi (a.k.a. Kita-Kamakura), near Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It lies between two Kita-Kamakura landmarks, the entrance of the Kamegayatsu Pass and Kenchō-ji, the oldest Zen monastery in Japan. Chōju-ji is one of two bodaiji (菩提寺), or funeral temples, dedicated to Ashikaga Takauji, founder of the dynasty of shoguns that carries his name. (The other is Kyoto's Tōji-in.) In its garden there are a gorintō dedicated to the shogun and a hōkyōintō containing some of his hair. Chōju-ji has recently opened for the first time its doors, and receives visitors from Friday to Sunday, 10 AM to 3 PM. The temple allows the use of pocket cameras, however professional and semiprofessional equipment are forbidden, the reason being that visitors should not visit the temple to take photographs.


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Chōju-ji (Kamakura)

Address: Japan, 〒247-0062 Kanagawa-ken, Kamakura-shi, Yamanouchi, 県道21号線