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Kenchoji Temple

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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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A magical experience

A beautiful and large temple complex. We were lucky enough to enter during celebrations marking 800 years of its foundation. This included monks singing Buddhist mantras and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

A beautiful and large temple complex. We were lucky enough to enter during celebrations marking 800 years of its foundation. This included monks singing Buddhist mantras and likewise nuns doing the same in a separate part of the complex. Intoxicating, magical, a real Zen experience. So glad we made the extra effort to visit this place.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This is a huge temple complex that is located 15 minutes from the Kita-Kamakura station and also near the end of the Daibutsu hiking trail. It costs 300 yen to get into the grounds of this enormous temple. It seems less crowded than a lot of the other temples because it is so large that you just aren't crowded in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Kencho-Ji is a massive temple complex that is a must see when in Kamakura. It dates from the 13th century, and is built up the side of the mountains that surround Kamakura. The grounds are incredible to view, and the wooden temple structures are massive. There is a nominal fee of 300 yen to enter. There are many national treasures... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

A very well used and well maintained temple. We found it refreshing and relaxing as we saw the lovely grounds and landscape.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I am a great fan of Zen Buddhist temples in Japan. They always have beautiful architecture and landscaping which gives the visitors a sense of spirituality and peacefulness. This temple is one of the bigger ones in the area and have a beautiful zen garden. I recommend a slow walk in there so you can really feel the atmosphere. there... More 

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Richmond, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Kenchoji Temple is about a 10 minute walk from Kita-Kamakura station. There are several buildings to explore on the temple grounds, and a very impressive temple bell. Unfortunately there was an event happening in the main temple hall when we visited, and we were not able to see the inside of that building. The zen garden behind the hojo is... More 

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

Well worth a visit. My wife and two young sons spent an hour or see here while in Kamakura. It is off the beaten track a little bit a nice walk (some of this is uphill if coming from the station or Tsurugoa shrine). The various buildings are beautifully decorated and full of vibrant colours. The gardens are also wonderful.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

You need more than an hour for this grand complex with many interesting buildings and gardens. I prefer the small temples in Kamakura though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

I was quite impressed with the place. It's very large, with old wooden structures. The interiors are beautiful with ornate decorations. Worth the entrance fee.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

From Kita-Kamakura station or from Shrine Hachimangu by walk 15 minutes. The area has a lot of buildings. You can see bell, the largest wooden temple where is on the ceiling painted dragon, beautiful garden. Up by stairs to hill 15-20 minutes is nice view.

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