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Address: 8 Yamanouchi, Kamakura 247-0062, Kanagawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 467-22-0981
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Description: Founded in 1253 by a Chinese priest, this temple, notable for its bell (a...
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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Kimonos all around

When I was there there were many women clad in kimonos helping people something. I never managed to figure out what it was but it appeared to be aimed at Japanese women. Either... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Stockholm, Sweden
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

When I was there there were many women clad in kimonos helping people something. I never managed to figure out what it was but it appeared to be aimed at Japanese women. Either way it added something to the temple to see so many kimonos around. I also loved the old trees around the temple and the concert ongoing when... More 

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Yokohama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Kenchoji is difficult to reach. And for some reason does not attract Japanese tourists the way other temples do in Kamakura. Maybe it is because the main hall was moved there from another location. Still, it is quite ancient. I believe that the bell from the bell tower is some 700 years old. I'm guessing that the grounds are the... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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55 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I loved this Zen temple, with its ancient juniper trees, restrained wooden buildings and rustic Buddha. And two spectacular gates -- one wooden carved with fantastical creatures and another with gold. Didn't see them, but could here monks chanting, which was enchanting. There is an observation platform just before a protecting shine -- itself guarded by fierce statues -- from... More 

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Canada
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

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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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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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
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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