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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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Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yamanouchi 8 (Shonan / KamakuraArea)

phone 0467220981
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[Worship times]8:30-16:30

Review of Kencho-ji Temple

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2020/05/26 Nice big temple
Kencho-ji is one of the 5 big zen temples in Kamakura. Its quite big and very well taken care of. The area is very calm and its very nice to walk around.
In addition to the main temple area, there...
Reviewed:2020/03/16 Wonderful, peaceful and surprisingly quiet
Very beautiful temple that is still a working monastery as well. there is an easy to follow guided map and plenty of information to explain the various buildings and points of interest. We spend...
Reviewed:2019/11/25 Beautiful
One of the main temples of Kamakura. Set in beautiful gardens with the backdrop of the mountains. Recommend.
I visited it together with the nearby Tsuruagoka Hachiman-gu.
The Kencho-Ji is the...

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Address
Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yamanouchi 8 [map]
Area
Shonan / KamakuraArea
Phone
0467220981
Hours
[Worship times]8:30-16:30
Closed
open everyday
Fees
[Admission fee to worship]
[High School Students and above] 500yen
[Small/Junior High School Students] 200yen
Parking Lot
Available (20spaces)
* Cars 1 hour 600yen. 300yen every 30 minutes thereafter
Credit Card
Not available
Smoking
Available
Wi-Fi
Available
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Yes
Average budget
[Lunch] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Available
Infant friendly
Available
Pet friendly
Yes (lead required)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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          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.