The sixth regent of the Kamakura Shogunate, Hojo Nagatoki, founded this temple, calling on Shin-a to be the founding priest.
This temple enjoyed the patronage of both the deeply devoted Hojo, and of the head of the representatives of Kanto region of the Muromachi Shogunate.
The principle objects of worship are the beautiful statues of the Amida trinity (Important National Cultural Properties), whose beauty shows influences from Song (present day China).
The central Amida figure features decoration on the clothing, known as “Domon”, which is characteristic to the Kamakura region.
On the hill behind the temple, is the grave of Reizei Tamesuke, grandson of the poet Fujiwara Teika, and the founder of the noble Reizei family of poets.
His mother, Abutsuni is the author of the journal covering her travel from Kyoto to Kamakura, titled “Izayoi Nikki”.