Jinmu-ji Temple used to be a sacred place in this area for monks who practiced asceticism in the mountains. Although no official records exist, the temple's start is attributed to a famous monk, Gyoki (668-749), in 724. The first official record that describes this temple was when the 3rd Shogun of Kamakura visited it, and Ganden-ji in May 1209. The Showa Emperor also often worshiped here when he stayed at the Hayama Imperial Villa. The temple is deep in the forest, which creates a sacred feeling in the heart of the visitor. It’s a 20-minute walk from JR Higashi-zushi Station.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。