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“The best temple in Kamakura” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)
2-7-4 Jomyoji, Kamakura 248-0003, Kanagawa Prefecture
+81 467-22-0762
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Ranked #2 of 103 things to do in Kamakura
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Saitama, Japan
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“The best temple in Kamakura”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

This is a special place and I have been here many times. It is not the most popular temple mainly because it is away from the main tourist area and the opposite side of the town from the Daibutsu / Big Buddha and Hasedera.

This is a working temple and they have zazen sessions here every Sunday morning. As a zen temple it has the simple style that we (Westerners?) expect from a Japanese temple. One the last day I visited I walked up the gentle slopping path to the entrance and could hear sutra chanting. It was not, as I expected, monks doing their duty but a father teaching his two young daughters how to pray in front of the altar. An ordinary working man in construction workers clothes with two little girls in the their 'Sunday' best.

This part of the temple is free but you have to pay to enter the bamboo garden - if you do not see the garden you are missing something truly special. The bamboo are mature and massive. You walk through the cool green (and I would love to see this in the snow) towards the sound of a waterfall. This is where the hermit who founded the temple hid from the busyness of Kamakura.

There is place here to sip green tea and watch the water fall and garden. This is not a tea ceremony experience but the tea is included in the entrance price, you hand over your ticket and they will give you a number. When you tea and sweets are ready they will call your number in Japanese. Sip and soak in the peace.

(I have said there is wheel chair access - there is for the main temple but there is a very small set of steps to get up into the garden.)

Visited August 2011
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“Beautiful and peaceful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2011

I loved the bamboo forest. This was a quiet place to visit. It was not very crowded. I recommend a visit. Nice place to relax.

Visited June 2011
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“The Hidden Gem in Kamakura”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2010

Hokokuji: The Beautiful Bamboo Temple.
I've been to many temples as I was born and raised in Kamakura.
This is absolutely one of the most favorite spaces of mine, and also loved by the locals.

Beucase Hokokuji being rather smaller scale temple compared to other temples such as Kencho-ji or Hasedera, this place tends to be less crowded and carries certain ambiance. This is the perfect space for having some quiet time to yourself (and possibly a meditation?). They serve "maccha" if you feel like having some traditional Japanese green tea.

I have taken my foreigner friends to Hokokuji and every single one of them loved being there.

You don't want to miss visiting this beautiful space if you are in the area!

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