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Engakuji Temple (円覚寺)

Located in Yamanouchi, Kamakura City, this is the head temple of Rinzai Engakuji Buddhism. The temple is also considered the second of the “Kamakura Gozan” (Five Mountain Temples of Kamakura). The temple was built by the eighth shogun regent Hojo Tokimune in order to spread Zen Buddhism and impartially memorialize, without distinction between enemy and ally, those who died in the Mongol invasions of Japan. Today, the temple is still used to train Zen priests; ordinary people can also experience weekend zazen meditation sessions and other Zen training here as well. In addition, the Butsunichian and Nyoian temples on the grounds have a café and “amamidokoro” Japanese-style sweets café where customers can enjoy matcha powdered green tea and sweets.


Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yamanouchi 409 (Shonan / KamakuraArea)

phone 0467220478

[Mar.--Nov.] 8:00-16:30 [Dec.--Feb.] 8:00-16:00

Review of Engaku-ji Temple

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Reviewed:2020/09/25 Tranquil Beauty
My wife and I live locally so we can visit this temple in all seasons. It always has a tranquil beauty to it that puts your soul to rest. Extensive grounds include many religious buildings, a lovely...
Reviewed:2020/02/11 A lovely spot
I came here with a Japanese friend on a rainy Saturday afternoon towards the end of November. At the time we were there most of the buildings were closed, but still it was a lovely spot to have a...
Reviewed:2020/01/05 Maple leaves and serene ponds
The temple is very peaceful and mostly a place for religious observances. However, they do have a restaurant and at the very end of the path there is a small shrine. Worth visit, but wont take too...

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Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yamanouchi 409 [map]
Shonan / KamakuraArea
[Mar.--Nov.] 8:00-16:30 [Dec.--Feb.] 8:00-16:00
open everyday (may be closed due to typhoons and snow)
[Admission fee] [Adult] 300yen [Children] 100yen
Parking Lot
Not available (only nearby coin parking)
Temporary suspension of business:Closed until May 31, 2020 (Information as of May 29, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Kanagawa prefecture acts as an extension of the Tokyo metropolis that spills over into coastal towns, most notably Yokohama city, heavily populated and known for its Chinatown and seaside attractions. Just the right distance for a day trip out of Tokyo, Kanagawa is home to some of Tokyo's most accessible beaches, including around Kamakura, best known for its Big Buddha. Visitors can also travel a little farther afield for a weekend at Hakone onsen town.