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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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Amazing and spiritual place

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

This was the second time I've visited Kamakura, truly one of the most charming towns in Japan. We got off at the Kamakura-Kita station for our daytrip from Tokyo and saw two temples as we walked south into town. "Magnificent" is a word used for this temple in "Tokyo: 29 Walks in the World's Most Excitiing City." They did not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

In my opinion this temple is the most beautiful temple is Kamakura. It still looks like centuries ago, with its' 700 years old cyprus, growing in the front of the temple. Spend some time in dojo having zazen!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This is just amazing, if you come to Kamakura you have to visit this temple. The sheer scale of some of the buildings and the intricacy of the woodcarving are unparalled. A must in Kamakura.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Don’t miss out on the Kenchoji Temple which has aged beautifully. Kenchō-ji originally consisted of 49 sub-temples (yup! 49!), but most of these were lost in fires. The series of temples that remain fall along a path you follow from the entrance gate to the very end. Watch for the beautiful wooden architectural details and the garden at the end... More 

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Address: Address: 8 Yamanouchi, Kamakura 247-0062, Kanagawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 467-22-0981
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Kanagawa Prefecture  >  Kamakura

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