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Zushi Jinmu-ji Temple

Former location of ascetic worship by mountain monks

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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