Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Kamakura

Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Brown_Samantha
Kennewick, WA1,346 contributions
Apr 2020
We really enjoyed our visit here. Beautiful surroundings and serene gardens. With so many temples in Kamakura, this one is surely not to be missed.
Written February 12, 2021
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Mick
Bangkok, Thailand131 contributions
Jun 2020
Another of Kamakura's many gems. Lovely place to stroll around. Easy to get to and wasn't crowded when I went. Well recommended.
Written June 10, 2020
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nonajumi
Singapore, Singapore42 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Two times to Kamakura, two times to Hokokuji as well. Before we start with anything else in the small coastal city, we went here first. Since the temple is not that big, it’s better to avoid the crowd and peak time.
The tea house overlooking the bamboo and all the Japanese landscape around the temple were things that keep us coming back. We also love the quiet neighborhood.
Written May 8, 2020
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Siddharth B
Seattle, WA546 contributions
Oct 2019
Hokukuji is a mini-version of Arashiyama and one thing where it beats Arashiyama is you can actually walk within bamboo gardens and feel to be in an enchanted place. It is definitely very beautiful and if you’re in Kamakura, I’d strongly recommend but I’d warn beforehand the bamboo gardens are very small and ends within 1-2 minutes of walk. You can go to the cafe and sip coffee overlooking the gardens, but I am not into stuff like that so I skipped it. When you enter the grounds you are greeted by miniature moss statues which are beautiful in itself. Apart from that you will get to see a rock garden similar to Ryoan-ji. There are some caves too with a koi pond providing a backdrop to the temple. Excellent place- it is small, but very worth it and should be the first stop in Kamakura.
Written January 11, 2020
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John A
Melbourne, Australia117 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
If arriving at Kamakura station, take the no. 23 (24 or 36) bus up to Jomyoji stop. Walk down the hill and turn left when you see the temple directions. 100 metres up the hill you enter a gate and just shut up. We got a real sense of peacefulness as we moved around. I read another review about the noise but time of day and fellow visitors make a difference. Avoid the instantgramners and this is a wonderfully peaceful place. Go early and linger. The moss gardens, bamboo grove and water features will be worth every minute.
Written November 26, 2019
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Jean-Michel2a
Newhey, UK536 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
Busy temple on the outskirts of Kamakura. Gorgeous garden and peaceful bamboo grove where you can have real green tea in a very zen setting.
Written November 10, 2019
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Sarah
Geneva, Switzerland122 contributions
Sep 2019 • Solo
Maybe due to being surrounded by loud tourists, the visit of this temple was below expectations. There are other temples in Kamakura I liked better.
Written November 3, 2019
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209Elena
Las Vegas, NV362 contributions
Sep 2019
This place was beautiful and Peaceful ( visited during the week). We bought the tickets to the tea house and truly enjoyed the experience of sipping the tea and watching the bamboo garden. I actually thought it was better than famous Arashiyama bamboo forest. The grounds are nice, and the walk from Kamakura station is easy.
Written October 5, 2019
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Toni
Munich, Germany646 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
It is amazingly beautiful and tranquil. Make sure to buy the ticket with green tea included and spend some time meditating in the forest.
Written September 1, 2019
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scotthumphries
Canberra, Australia232 contributions
Jul 2019
Although it can be somewhat busy with many visitors, this centrally located temple is worth a visit. The lovely bamboo forest and the beautiful gardens are highlights, as is the peaceful tea house.
Written August 30, 2019
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