|Location||3-13-37 Katase, Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture|
Ryūkō-ji (龍口寺) is a temple of the Nichiren Shū in the city of Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It stands on the site of the former Tatsukuchi (or Tatsunokuchi) Execution Grounds, and its name uses the same two kanji meaning "dragon mouth"(龍口). It was here that Nichiren, namesake of the Buddhist sect, was to have been executed. It was founded in 1337 by Nippō, a disciple of Nichiren.
Major buildings at the temple include the Hondō, a five-story pagoda, a stupa (sharitō), and the Shichimendō. The cave where Nichiren was confined is preserved on the grounds. A statue of him stands in the courtyard in front of the Hondō.
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On the grounds
This article incorporates material translated from Ryūkō-ji (龍口寺) in the Japanese Wikipedia, accessed on December 14, 2008.
- Official site (in Japanese)
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