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Sugimotodera Temple

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Address: 903 Nikaido, Kamakura 248-0002, Kanagawa Prefecture
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beautiful old temple

This is the oldest temple in Kamakura but it is still very much a working temple, not a museum piece. There are many Japanese people come here to worship as well as tourists. It... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2016
Dave_Cowley_Road
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

This is the oldest temple in Kamakura but it is still very much a working temple, not a museum piece. There are many Japanese people come here to worship as well as tourists. It is in a very dramatic setting on a steep hillside, and this gives it wonderful views. The old moss-covered steps are beautiful and photogenic but not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

This Buddhist temple is absolutely stunning. There are several flights of stairs that lead up to the temple, with the last set being completely covered in moss (this set is blocked off from visitors). The stairs are worth the walk! The temple also lets you walk around inside (the only temple I was able to walk around out of the... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

I cannot understand how this temple doesn't have better reviews. The access to the interior of the Main Hall is the most amazing thing with a very intimate look at the interior of a Buddhist Temple so far unparalleled in my Japan travels. Simply stunning.

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Thank Manny S
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 via mobile

This is a lovely small temple on a hill approx 20 mins walk from Kamakura. It's worth the walk. The "main" attraction is the moss covered steps leading to the temple. They are beautiful- giving you a real sense of timelessness. Such a relaxing and worth while visit.

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Thank JasonR1_12
Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

This temple itself is a good 20min walk from kamakura station, and is in itself not so interesting... But the view is the reason for coming. Not very easily accessible as it requires scaling a number of steep steps, you will be rewarded once you get to the top and traverse left or right with great views of the city.... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

After looking at other travelers' photos, my family members and I were very much looking forward to visiting Sugimododera Temple on our day trip from Tokyo. The trip to spend a day in Kamakura was absolutely worthwhile, and the close proximity of the two temples Hokokuji and Sugimotodera makes them almost one single attraction (but with separate small entry fees),... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

If you are going to Hokikuji Temple, the top-rated site, go see this one, too. It's a short walk from Hokokuji. Long moss-covered stairs, impressive painted warriors at the entrance, and entry into the temple is permitted. I don't know why this one isn't getting a higher rating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

This is the oldest temple in Kamakura. Enjoy the tranquility and refresh your mind. Soak your soul in the sacred air. Make sure to take a look at the statues inside of the temple that are national treasure caliber.

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