An ornate temple full of beautiful Kamakura-style engraving. Take a walk back into Japanese history, where the tragic hero Minamoto no Yoshitsune wrote the legendary Koshigoe Letter.


The Story

The Temple

On Display

The Koshigoe Letter

Manpuku-ji serves as the starting point to the tragic legend of Minamoto no Yoshitsune. And it’s here that you can see an original draft of the actual “Koshigoe Letter”. Because 6 kanji characters were omitted (meaning to fight enemy not fearing exile) from this draft it was left here at Manpuku-ji and it has been preserved it for your viewing pleasure.

At the foot of the mountain behind the temple you can see the Suzuri Pond where Benkei (Yoshitsune’s right hand man, and legendary monk warrior), drew water for writing ink, along with Yoshitsune’s hand washing well, and Benkei’s sitting stone. In the main temple the original wooden block used to print the above draft is on display in the main showcase. Not only can you view the wooden block, commemorative souvenirs of the woodblock scroll are also available for purchase.

The showcase also houses such treasures as a part of a roof tile inscribed with the Minamoto family crest (bamboo leaves and the autumn bell flower), as well as an inkstone (used for grinding and storing ink).

The Koshigoe Letter
The Koshigoe Letter draft at Manpuku-ji



2-4-8 Koshigoe, Kamakura City, Kanagawa 248-0033


0467-31-3612 (Japanese only)


3 minutes walking from Koshigoe Station on the Enoshima "Enoden" Electric Railway line.