Engaku-ji Temple

Engaku-ji Temple, Kamakura

Engaku-ji Temple
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
A large temple bell, a teahouse and a shrine that preserves a tooth of Buddha are highlights of this Zen temple, which has been designated a national treasure and is ranked number two of the city's five most powerful temples.
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Andrew K
Zushi, Japan201 contributions
Tranquil Beauty
Feb 2020
My wife and I live locally so we can visit this temple in all seasons. It always has a tranquil beauty to it that puts your soul to rest. Extensive grounds include many religious buildings, a lovely tea house and at the top of the nearby small mountain extensive views over Kanagawa with a view of Mt Fuji on a clear day.
Written September 24, 2020
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Emma C
Oxford, UK2,235 contributions
A lovely spot
Nov 2019 • Friends
I came here with a Japanese friend on a rainy Saturday afternoon towards the end of November. At the time we were there most of the buildings were closed, but still it was a lovely spot to have a wander around and take it all in...oh and get some exercise as it's on a mountainside.
Written February 11, 2020
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Blank B
23 contributions
Maple leaves and serene ponds
Dec 2019
The temple is very peaceful and mostly a place for religious observances. However, they do have a restaurant and at the very end of the path there is a small shrine. Worth visit, but won't take too long.
Written January 4, 2020
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Nastame
Harrogate, UK1,643 contributions
Extensive site
Oct 2019
This is an extensive site with acres of space around the temple.....it is a quiet location and very peaceful ambience.but there is no one thing that stands out across the site. Worth a visit if in the area, though.
Written October 16, 2019
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Sora A
Montreal, Canada28 contributions
Bamboo heaven
Sep 2019
I liked this temple, also I like supporting nuns. It has a beautiful bamboo mini forest which is unusual. There was a class going on so we couldn’t see the I side of the main hall but I still had a good visit.
Written September 3, 2019
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Dana Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA826 contributions
Impressive and Commanding structure and place
Apr 2019
Impressive, historic, inspiring Temple and grounds. Very well preserved Temple, recommended if you are visiting the Kamakura area.
Written August 10, 2019
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viaggioSensoriale
Cesena, Italy1,210 contributions
Peacefull temple
Jul 2019 • Friends
The temple is located right near the Kamakura train station.
The first sensation is that of peace and serenity, the wooden temples are well cared for, Noteworthy are the friezes and decorations on the beams
Beautiful also the walk through the gardens on this site you can also visit the tomb of the director Ozu
Written July 31, 2019
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Lawrence Yuo Hsih Chu
Vancouver, Canada129 contributions
Beautiful temple with bell on top
Jul 2018 • Friends
It's a pretty big temple in all honesty, but it's quiet and serene. This place is pretty closed off, with one entrance inside the area. I think you can hike too, but this place is closed off by steep hills. There is a bell near the side of the temple, where you can climb the stairs up to see. There will be a shrine maiden selling charms and such; if you want you can get a goshuin of the bell, but it won't be written in your book by a calligraphist. I would suggest buying one of those frog charms instead, its pretty rare to see those. It's a big place though, I would suggest making time for 2 hours if you can. I got my 27th goshuin from this place.
Written May 26, 2019
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Sami C
Phoenix57 contributions
History right by the train station
Apr 2019 • Couples
Located conveniently a few minute walk from JR Kitakamakura station (one stop from Kamakura station). Beautiful place to spend an hour. There are couple of cafe that you can go 2 minutes walk.
Written May 8, 2019
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Brittney Kirk
5 contributions
Try Zazen (meditation session)
Apr 2019 • Solo
Engaku-ji was a beautiful, tranquil place. Not crowded, and it didn't feel as touristy as other places. I enjoyed the zazen (meditation session.) I was the only non-Japanese person in the group, so I just followed what every one else was doing. It was an interesting experience, and I would do it again!
Written May 8, 2019
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