It's been about two months since the NHK Taiga Drama "Kamakura-dono no Thirteen" started broadcasting. My impression of the main character, Yoshitoki Hojo, at this point in time is youthful and gives the impression that he works hard in everything he does. I am very much looking forward to becoming the second regent of the Kamakura Shogunate through various twists and turns in the future.
This time, we will introduce places related to the main character, Yoshitoki Hojo.
Spot 1 Hojo Yoshitoki Hokke-do Ruins (Hojo Yoshitoki's Grave)
It is located northeast of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, about 20 minutes on foot from Kamakura Station.
After climbing dozens of stone steps, there is a small open space. This is said to be Hojo Yoshitoki's Hokke-do Hall. Currently, only the territory remains, and no buildings have been built.
However, if you download the app on your smartphone, you can see the building at that time in AR. ※Downloading of exclusive application is necessary.
Nearby are the tombs of Minamoto no Yoritomo and Oe Hiromoto, and we can see that Hojo Yoshitoki was considered one of the most powerful people at the time.
📍 2-5 Nishimikado, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Spot 2 Hokaiji Temple
It is located at the end of Yokooji in front of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, about 15 minutes on foot from Kamakura Station.
It was built in 1335 on the site of the former Hojo regent's residence, also known as Komachi's residence. It is said that Emperor Godaigo ordered Takauji Ashikaga to build this for the repose of the souls of the Hojo clan.
Even general worshipers can go up to the main hall (fees apply, 300 yen for adults, 200 yen for junior high school students, and 100 yen for children), and they can pipe the principal image of the child-rearing sutra, Jizo Bosatsu. Hokaiji Temple is also known as "Hagi no Tera", and the precincts are decorated with beautiful flowers throughout the four seasons, including cherry blossoms in spring and clover in autumn.
📍3-5-22 Komachi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Spot 3 Gokurakuji Temple
Take the Enoden from Kamakura Station and walk 2 minutes from Gokurakuji Station, the fourth station.
It is said that Hojo Shigetoki, the third son of Hojo Yoshitoki, built it. In place of Shigetoki, who died before it was completed, Shigetoki's sons, Hojo Nagatoki and Hojo Naritoki, built the temple complex. It was destroyed by fire and collapsed, and now only the temple gate and main hall remain.
After passing through the thatched gate, Yoshino cherry blossoms line the approach to the main hall, and in front of the main hall, it is said to have been hand-planted by Hojo Tokimune. and entertain the worshipers.
📍 3-6-7 Gokurakuji, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Spot 4 Futamatagawa Tsurugamine Battlefield
About 10 minutes on foot from Tsurugamine Station on the Sotetsu Line.
The Futamatagawa-Tsurugamine battlefield was the site of the battle between the army of Shigetada Hatakeyama, a powerful vassal of Musashi Province (present-day Saitama Prefecture, Tokyo Prefecture, and the eastern part of Kanagawa Prefecture) and trusted by Minamoto no Yoritomo, and the Kamakura army led by Yoshitoki Hojo. I have. It is said that this war was the result of a strategy by Hojo Yoshitoki's father, Tokimasa, who wanted to strengthen the control of Musashi Province, and Hojo Yoshitoki was opposed to this war until the end. However, in the end, he led a large army and killed Shigetada HATAKEYAMA. Currently, only the monument stands, but there are also several historic sites in the vicinity, such as the head washing well of Shigetada Hatakeyama and the head mound.
In the early Kamakura period, when Minamoto no Yoritomo died, there were many power struggles between influential retainers. This battle is one of the symbolic events of the power struggle, and after that, the Hojo clan will gain more power.
📍 1-1 Tsurugamine Honcho, Asahi Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
There are many places related to Yoshitoki Hojo, but I introduced four spots that left an impression on me. There are places where you can still feel the atmosphere of that time, and places where only remnants remain. not.
Please look forward to the next time, "Places related to Kamakura-dono."
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