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  3. Chosho-ji
Official NameIshii-zan Chosho-ji {Pronounced e-she-e-zan choh-shoh-gee}
Religious sectNichiren sect, Buddhism
Foundedin 1263
by Nagakatsu Ishii {nah-gah-kah-tsu e-she-e}
Founding priestNichiren {nee-che-ren}
Main object of worshipStatue of Nichiren and Sanbo honzon
Address12-17, Zaimokuza 2-chome, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0013 (show route from current location )
Location1,100 meters southwest of Kamakura Station
Time needed to get there20 minutes
Phone number0467-25-4300
Historical Overview

Nagakatsu Ishii, the founder of the Temple, was the lord of the manor here and faithful follower of Priest Nichiren (1222-1282), the founder of Nichiren sect Buddhism. When Priest Nichiren came back to Kamakura in 1263 after deportation to the Izu {e-zoo} Peninsula, Ishii cordially accommodated him with a hermitage inside Ishii's manor, which later was expanded to a temple called Honkokuji.

However, Honkokuji was relocated to Kyoto in 1345 at the request of Takauji Ashikaga {tah-kah-woo-gee ah-she-kah-gah} (1305-1358), who established the Ashikaga government in Kyoto. At the site where Honkokuji had existed, Priest Nissei erected a new temple, and named it as Ishiizan Chosho-ji, that is the origin of what we see today. (Chosho is another way of pronunciation for Nagakatsu.)

Like Myohoji and Ankokuronji in the vicinity, Choshoji also claims that Priest Nichiren's hermitage in Kamakura had existed right here, but various records indicate otherwise.