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Kenchoji Temple

Address: 8 Yamanouchi, Kamakura 247-0062, Kanagawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 467-22-0981
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Ranked #6 of 98 things to do in Kamakura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Founded in 1253 by a Chinese priest, this temple, notable for its bell (a national treasure) and...
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Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Founded in 1253 by a Chinese priest, this temple, notable for its bell (a national treasure) and Zen garden, was the first Zen temple in the city and is ranked number one of the city's five most powerful temples.

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54 reviews 54 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

The temple was really nice to visit. It looks similar to the others, but this one had a really nice zen garden around the side. I went before 11am so it was nice to just sit and enjoy the stillness. The temple is easily walkable from the station and it costs about 200 or 300 yen to enter if I... More 

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

A brisk 20min walk from kamakura station on the eastern side of the northern temples, this is one that you should be sure to budget plenty of time for. Houses one of the most important national treasures (the face of a brass bell from original 1253 construction), in the center of the temple area is a bustling marketplace serving an... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

One of the Kamakura highlights is this buddhist temple that was founded by a chinese monk almost eight hundred years ago. At the entrance a map is provided, very helpful to understant what we are visiting, there is some beautiful zen garden and some small temples around, it's a visit that deserves almost 2 hours. As every temple / shrine... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Very beautiful temple complex. Take your time to wander around. Make sure you go all the way up to the observatory which has wonderful views of the area including Mt Fuji - on a clear day :-) I was lucky and was rewarded with a stunning view - after days of rain in Tokyo. My suggestion is to hire a... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Kencho-ji is truly one of the key sites to see in Kamakura. The temple is a prime site in the history of Zen Buddhism in Japan. The grounds are beautifully maintained, and the historical information imparted in English seems to be more complete than that offered at some of the other temples and shrines. Kencho-ji continues to offer active classes... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Temple is part in a complex containing several temples and singhtseings, e.g. you can see a bell from 13th century.

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Bonsall, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

It takes about 20-30 minutes to walk here from the main part of Kamakura, but it is well worth the effort. Most of the route is slightly uphill, but the upside is that getting back to town is all downhill! The route is along the busy main highway, but it isn't unpleasant, just somewhat noisy. Since it takes a bit... More 

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Kamakura, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Don't miss this beautiful Zen temple and its garden. It is one of the oldest Zen temple in Japan. It is very beautiful in spring , when the cherry trees leading to the main gate are in flowers. The temple holds zazen sessions sometimes.

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Kensington CAUSA
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Pay the entrance fee - its worth it, but you can take a look at the brochure and see if its your thing. If you walk from here back to the Kita-Kamakura station, on the left side there is a road at the stoplight that leads up the hill. That takes you to the Daibutsu trail. A noodle shop is... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

I saw a LOT of temples while travelling Japan, and while this one was really beautiful, it wasn't in the best location and didn't leave a great impression. There was an elementary school (?) located like basically in the front yard of the temple, and the whole time we were there you could just hear the kids screaming and playing... More 

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