Kakuonji Temple

Located in Nikaido, Kamakura City, this is a temple belonging to the Shingon Buddhist School’s Sennyuji sect. Its honorific mountain name is Jubuzan. The temple originated from the Okura Yakushido built in 1218 by Yoshitoki Hojo, the second regent to the Kamakura shogunate. According to temple legend it was converted in 1296 into a Buddhist temple with Chikai Shine as its founding priest by the ninth regent Sadatoki Hojo, who had prayed that the third Mongol invasion would be repulsed. The lush green temples grounds have been designated as a national historic site, and the atmosphere of the Kamakura period is conveyed to the present. It is prohibited to move about freely on the premises and visitors may only see the temple under the guidance of a priest at designated times. Photography is prohibited during the visit.

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Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Nikaidou 421
[climbing fee]High school students or above500yen, Elementary and junior high school students200yen
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Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • Kakuonji
    4.0 Reviewed:2016.10.08
    Very calm place in a quiet neighborhood. There are some other temples around as well. If youre looking for peace and silence, this is it
  • Great place to enjoy serenity
    5.0 Reviewed:2016.03.09
    Kakuonji is one of my favorite temples in Kamakura. its quiet, and calm. Ive always felt like the word serenity best describes this place.
  • Japanese culture enlightenment
    4.0 Reviewed:2015.10.30
    I watch my friend Fukotomi-san offered prayers their tradition ways.Lighting incense sticks. Some of the trees were changing colors so it was anice view.It was Nov 1990 so almost 15 years ago...

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