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Kenchoji Temple建長寺


A 15 minute walk from Kita-Kamakura Station. This celebrated Buddhist temple, the head temple of Rinzai Kenchoji Buddhism, is the first of the “Kamakura Gozan” (Five Mountain Temples of Kamakura) and was also Japan’s first Zen Buddhist temple. The temple was founded by Hojo Tokiyori, the fifth shogun of the Kamakura shogunate, and the monk Lanxi Daolong. The highlight of the temple is its garden, which was designated a national Place of Scenic Beauty and Historic Site in 1932. The ancient Chinese junipers growing in front of the temple and the garden pond behind the abbot’s chamber are particularly famous for their beauty. The temple also periodically holds sutra copying and zazen meditation sessions which enable average people to experience Zen training.

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place Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yamanouchi 8
phone 0467220981

Review of Kencho-ji Temple

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Reviewed:2018/11/29 We marveled at the grandness of the main temple and Karamon gate of the houjou brought here from a Tokugawa mausoleum.
Kenchouji Buddhist Temple of the Rinzai zen sect is located about twenty minutes away from both Kitakamakura and Kamakura JR stations. It was founded thirty years earlier than Engakuji in 1253...
Reviewed:2018/08/21 Stunning temple complex and gardens
Loved to stroll through this temple complex and gardens. Zen like atmosphere. Lots of photo opportunities. Enjoyed it thoroughly.
Reviewed:2018/08/17 Peaceful place
We arrived here few minutes before the closing of the main gate, we found few tourists and we loved it. The area is one of the biggest we saw. Fantastic! A peaceful place to stop for some minutes.



Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yamanouchi 8 [map]



[Worship times]8:30-16:30
[Admission fee to worship] Adults 300 yen, Child 100 yen
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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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