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Gokuraku-ji Temple極楽寺


This Buddhist temple was founded in 1259 by the samurai Hojo Shigetoki. The temple was once one of the greatest in Kamakura, but earthquakes, fires, and other tragedies have resulted in only the Kissho-in, the main temple building, still standing today. The temple’s principal object of worship, a figure of Gautama Buddha in the Seiryo-ji Temple style, is a designated Important Cultural Property and is only revealed to the public for three days each year starting on April 7 and overlapping with the Hana Matsuri (celebration of the Buddha’s birthday) on April 8.


Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Gokurakuji 3-6-7

phone 0467223402

9:00-16:30 (Treasure Hall 10:00-16:00)

Review of Gokurakuji Temple

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2018/09/02 Small temple
Maybe need to come at the correct time of the year to catch the flowers. Else it's just another temple.
Reviewed:2017/07/10 Worth a stop if you are seeing a lot of temples in the city
Easy to get to it's on the train line small well kept and if you are not tempted out a good place to visit. It's hard to stack up to the others in this fantastic city
Reviewed:2017/06/18 Interesting stop along the way to the Great Buddha
Thatched roofs, a compound consisting of hospital, cemetery, and a delightful carved statue with the three monkeys (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil) fashioned after originals at Nikko.

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Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Gokurakuji 3-6-7 [map]



9:00-16:30 (Treasure Hall 10:00-16:00)
Ginkoku Free (Treasury 300 yen)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


          There is no Station nearby. There is no Bus Stop nearby. There is no Parking nearby. There is no IC nearby.

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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.

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