It is said to be the site of the castle where the ancient samurai, Yoshisada Nitta, lived during his adulthood. The castle used to have a triple moat surrounding it; however, today you can only imagine where the castle stood. The site of the castle is now the home of the temple “Ruriyamamyokoin Shomei” and to the Healing Buddha that protects against evil. The spacious site has nicely trimmed camellias, roses among the hinoki trees, a ginkgo, the main temple, and other smaller temples.
Behind the main temple there is a garden called “No Croaking Pond”. Its design is typical of that found in the Muromachi Era. There is a legend that Yoshisada Nitta thundered to the frogs to stop their loud croaking when he was thinking of a strategy to attack Kamakura. Since then, it has been called “No Croaking Pond”.
This place is also known for its beautiful cherry blossoms and wisteria.