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Zuisenji Temple瑞泉寺


The Zuisenji Temple was founded in 1327 by Muso Kokuji (Muso Soseki), a monk famous as a garden designer who created the gardens at the Tenryu-ji Temple and Saiho-ji Temple in Kyoto. From the Tennyo-do cave (a large cave cut out of the side of the hill), with the Nikaido Momijiga-yatsu (Valley of the Maple Trees) providing a magnificent backdrop, visitors can view the peaceful Iwaba garden, one of the earliest examples of the Sho-in style of garden (a type of garden intended to be viewed from a particular spot adjacent to the garden). The Zuisenji Temple Garden has been designated as a National Special Place of Scenic Beauty and Place of Scenic Beauty; the garden is especially beautiful in the autumn when the leaves are changing color.

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place Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Nikaidou 710
phone 0467221191

Review of Zuisenji

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2018/03/29 Worth a look
Great temple with a nice zen garden and caves where Samurai were cremated. Good 40 minutes hike from the station
Reviewed:2017/05/12 Not worth the time and effort!
We visited the gardens here based on recommendations in the Eyewitness Travel Series on Japan, which highlighted the significance or these gardens. The gardens are no doubt historically important...
Reviewed:2016/10/15 Quiet temple
You can reach Zuisenji from the hiking trail, it is located in a quiet neighborhood and isn't very crowded.



Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Nikaidou 710 [map]



9:00-17:00 (Introductory-16:30)
open everyday
Admission feeAdults 200yen, Children 100yen
Parking Lot

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Kanagawa Main Areas


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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