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西御門 Western Gate

Updated: Jan 18, 2020

Nishimikado (Western Gate) is the name of a neighborhood (a chō (町)) in Kamakura that lies north-east of Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū near the tomb of Minamoto no Yoritomo.

In 1180 the locality of Ōkura (大倉) in today's Nishimikado was chosen by Minamoto no Yoritomo as the seat of his government, which he called Ōkura Bakufu (大倉 or 大蔵幕府). 

The Sekihi, or stele, located in Nishimikado says:

Nishimikado is the area west of the Hokkedō. It was given this name because it faced the Ōkura Bakufu's western gate. In the Nishimikado area used to stand [temples called] Hōon-ji, Hojuin, Kōshō-ji, and Raikō-ji. Of them, only Raikō-ji still exists.

Erected in 1926 by the Kamakura Seinendan Young Adult Association.


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