Hokoku-ji Temple Bamboo Grove

Hokoku-ji Temple Bamboo Grove

Hokoku-ji Temple Bamboo Grove
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amooafshin
Dubai, United Arab Emirates158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This temple was built in 1334. Then it became a Zen temple. It is now famous for its bamboo grove and many people visit this place for photography. It is more secluded than similar places in Japan. You can enjoy drinking Japanese style tea.
Written April 24, 2023
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itd-be-rude-not-to
Sydney, Australia376 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
If you’re looking to visit a gorgeous bamboo forest in Japan, but don’t want to fight the crowds of Kyoto’s Arashiyama I’d recommend a day trip from Tokyo to Kamakura. This photo was taken in Kamakura at Hokoku-ji’s bamboo forest, I was there from 9-10am and there was only a handful of people around.
Written August 26, 2019
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Dan Theman
New York99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I was hesitant to write a review for this bamboo forest because compared to Kyoto's Arishiyama bamboo forest, this place is so much more peaceful and much less packed. You may have to take a little bit of a trip to get to this in Kamakura but that's the magic! Its more off the beaten path and definitely one of those hidden gems that I don't want to get ruined and flooded with tourist. I had to write a review because of how beautiful it is and its good for business for the people who work there.

If you find yourself in Tokyo and want a day trip to Kamakura, this place is a MUST. But please come here with people who will appreciate it.
Written September 5, 2019
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Meri_backpacker
Cordoba, Spain152 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
The entrance is 300¥ and if you want also green tea 900¥ in total. Not worth it. Sagano bamboo forest in Kyoto is way better and for the tea you have to wait a lot and not many places to see the bamboo. Not recomendable
Written October 31, 2019
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mum-o-3
Singapore, Singapore137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
The bamboo forest is actually inside the hokokuji temple, which is accessible by bus from Kamakura station. It’s not very big, be careful to walk on the stone path instead of outside as one can easily trip and fall due to the ropes that are tied near to the ground.
Written June 2, 2019
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Garys-Tribe
Lechlade, UK1,551 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples

When you see the entrance to main temple you immediately appreciate the level of zen you are about to enter with perfectly crafted gates guarding the entrance to a wonderful mystic green garden before meeting the simple but small bamboo woodland.

Obviously you have to pay to enter like nearly everywhere in Japan but the small payment for maintaining such beauty is well worth the yen. As you enter the main area after paying you immediately face a bamboo forest that overwhelms the senses and makes you immediately want to take selfies.

The area is really beautiful and peaceful with few tourists and time to contemplate on the zen modelled greenery before your eyes. The temple is pretty unique too with its own personality and posture within this natural beauty.

The bamboo area is pretty small around 100 square metres but that's all that is needed to impress the senses and enjoy time out from your travels. With an added bonus of drinking some green tea matcha whilst observing the bamboo woodland and a running water feature at the same time.

Unfortunately we thought we were going to be involved in a green tea ceremony as stated at the entrance however when we got to the green tea area we were met by a long queue of people waiting to sit down on a bench in front of the bamboo forest. Waiting in line to get a number then sitting and waiting again to get your green tea.

Don't get me wrong but the green tea was really nice and sitting in front of the bamboo area but the way everything was carried out was a little misleading as we were expecting a tea ceremony as stated. However we enjoyed every moment but still have it a 4/5.

Recommendations
Enjoy a lovely part of the area walking through the beautiful scenic woodland and see the tombs and caves.

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Written April 20, 2019
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richard g
Portland, OR749 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
Although we have been coming to Kamakura for years, today was the first time to visit Hokokuji temple and its beautiful (small) Bamboo forest and impeccable gardens covered with moss. We passed several other temples that looked very interesting from the outside so we will have to add this area to our list for our next visit!
Written March 19, 2019
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Brdparis
Paris, France56 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Friends
We made the trip from Tokyo to Kamakura, however the website does not warn that the Sept 8/9th Faxai cyclone unfortunately destroyed the garden. We were unable to obtain info regarding when the garden would be open for visitors again; hence thought we’d post the info to warn others in the near future. Perhaps obtain info at the train station’s tourist info before heading out to be disappointed.

Written September 10, 2019
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KleineHexe
Eindhoven, The Netherlands35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
The first time I saw a bamboo grove was in a movie The temple of the flying daggers. It all seemed mystical and not anything that can exist in reality. It was until I've walked through it here, next to the shrine. It's not big so please don't think about running g across an endless road and it also might be quite crowded. Still it gives you the feeling of calmness when walking g in between the huge bamboo trees. The old small stone pagodas around some trees or old statues give a mystical feeling to a place. Worth visiting!
Written May 4, 2019
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jennifergI850DO
Jersey City, NJ50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
The Bamboo Grove was amazing. It was immaculate and beautifully kept. We felt such peace as we walked through the grove. The ticket booth lines moved quickly and everything inside was wonderful to look at.
Written October 7, 2018
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