正応4年（1291）当所の人 増田三郎右衛門が日蓮聖人の直弟子 日法聖人に帰依して開創。
Masuda Saburoemon who believed in Nippo Shonin, the direct disciple of Nichiren Shonin, founded Zenkeiji Temple at the place where he lived in 1291.
Zenkeiji Temple is famous as the temple for the Six Self-Sacrificing Farmers. The Six Farmers tried to make a direct appeal to the Edo Shogunate to reduce the land tax, which was strictly prohibited. They failed and were executed. However, thanks to their direct appeal, the land tax was eventually reduced by half. They were buried in the temple as Self-Sacrificing Farmers.
Every year on February 11, a memorial service is held for them.
【Message from the Chief Priest】
In a very modern society that is filled with things and is in a chaotic mental state, we would like to pass down the spirit of heroic deeds of the Six Self-Sacrificing Farmers to posterity. The temple has the following slogan: “Let’s
hand down the courage of Six Farmers who risked their lives for our town.”
【A brief explanation of Nichiren Shonin and Ikegami 】
Nichiren Shonin (1222－1282) was a priest in the mid-Kamakura period and founder of the Nichiren Shu of Buddhism. “Shonin” means a “reverend priest.”
Nichiren Shu is a Buddhist Order that was founded more than 750 years ago. “Shu” simply means “Order.”
Nichiren Shonin founded Ikegami Honmonji Temple just before his death in October of 1282 at the request of Ikegami Munenaka, a wealthy feudal load and faithful follower.