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Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

Opens in 27 min: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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2-7-4 Jomyoji, Kamakura 248-0003, Kanagawa Prefecture
+81 467-22-0762
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This garden was easy to access by bus from Kamakura Station. It was quieter than other temples in the Area. There are many great photo ops here from the sea of bamboo trees to the rock garden and cave. You can see a Kyoto style...More

Thank Kelly L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Traveling Japan provides hundreds of opportunities to visit temples and shrines. This temple's uniqueness is the large grove of immense bamboo. It is like walking through a strange landscape of a giant's garden. It is peaceful as is the rest of the gardens. The matcha...More

Thank Jackie W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had freshly brewed matcha with Japanese sweets right within the bamboo garden. There were many people but still very calm and quiet, I stayed much longer than I had initially planned to.

Thank Kaydee510
Reviewed June 8, 2018 via mobile

This is like Arashiyama, the famous bamboo forest of Kyoto. It’s is really peaceful and calming inside. There’s plenty of Japanese garden, lake with koi fishes, temples and greenery for relaxation. Great stop over after visiting Big Buddha in Kamakura before heading off. Highly recommended...More

Thank Emily2018_G_Scott
Reviewed May 28, 2018

This is an immaculate, lovely compact garden right from the entry gate through to the Bamboo, pond and Zen areas beyond the temple. But “tranquillity” there wasn’t, due to the crowds – this on a Wednesday after the Golden Week. For example the path though...More

Thank ignatius455
Reviewed May 26, 2018 via mobile

Hokokuji Temple , also known as the bamboo temple is located in Kamakura. Accessible by city bus route no. 24,36,23 from JR kamakura station and takes about 12 minutes, 200 yen. One can also walk down to the temple. Takes about 20 minutes. A Buddhist...More

2  Thank Joy_Sinha
Reviewed May 19, 2018

This temple had everything - a winding buddhist cave, fish ponds, a mountain to climb, prayer wheels to spin, a tea shop overlooking the ocean. I went with my son, daughter-in-law (8 months pregnant) and their 18-mo. daughter. It was completely accessible for all. It...More

1  Thank FranklinPS
Reviewed May 13, 2018

Tranquil atmosphere as it is Zen temple, with beautiful small garden. Highlight is the well maintained bamboo forest. Photogenic. Paths are narrow but enjoyable to walk early in the morning. It tends to get crowded at weekends, so weekdays and morning visit is recommended. There...More

1  Thank Mikan-EU
Reviewed May 10, 2018

Stunning...I mean STUNNING bamboo forest and you can have WONDERFUL matcha tea prepared for you and you can sit and contemplate the bamboo. Very zen. Make sure to buy the tea ticket so you can do it. Def worthwhile. The Moso bamboo forest not to...More

Thank AFoolForTravel
Reviewed April 16, 2018 via mobile

Another lovely temple in Kamakura. On the smaller side but still beautiful. The bamboo forest was nice to see.

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February 1, 2018|
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Response from pjmdvm | Reviewed this property |
You pay at the entrance for tea if you would like it.
Kristin L
March 4, 2017|
Response from fiskhumla | Reviewed this property |
It's super easy :) Just ask someone at the JR-station and they will point you to the right bus.Then tell the bus driver to stop at the temple.
Trizhia S
December 7, 2016|
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Response from dyalon | Reviewed this property |
It's quite far from the great Buddha - about 15 minutes by bus, but I recommend taking a taxi which would cost less than $10 a ride.