A family temple of the Hojo clan, placed at a strategic point for transportation and defense purposes on the route from Kamakura to Kyoto. The temple functioned as a center for the salvation of the weak and poor and was given by the Kamakura Shogunate the authority to maintain Wakaenoshima Port and collect tax.
A family temple of the Kanazawa-Hojo clan. It was also a stronghold to protect the northeastern part of Kamakura. The Kanazawa Library, which was set up at Shomyoji Temple, tells of the magnificence of the samurai culture
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