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Kencho-ji Temple

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Founded in 1253 by a Chinese priest, this temple, notable for its bell (a national treasure) and Zen garden, was the first Zen temple in the city and is ranked number one of the city's five most powerful temples.
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8 Yamanouchi, Kamakura 247-0062, Kanagawa Prefecture
+81 467-22-0981
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Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

Loved to stroll through this temple complex and gardens. Zen like atmosphere. Lots of photo opportunities. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

Thank Mark P
Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

We arrived here few minutes before the closing of the main gate, we found few tourists and we loved it. The area is one of the biggest we saw. Fantastic! A peaceful place to stop for some minutes.

Thank Amrod_x
Reviewed August 10, 2018

It's a Rinzai Zen temple in Kamakura which ranks first among Kamakura's so-called Five Great Zen Temples. No nails are used to build this gate.

Thank UnagiTravel
Reviewed June 30, 2018 via mobile

The temple structures themselves are beautiful, but true to form they accentuate the beautiful landscape. There is one beautiful juniper tree that is believed to be 750 years old! Beautiful art and artifacts. They have vending machines and WiFi too. You can go and practice...More

Thank Gregg L
Reviewed May 28, 2018

This is the highest ranked of the five Zen temples in Kamakura. After entering through the main gate, you will find four magnificent temples in close proximity Behind the last one, there is a wonderful garden with a pond, serene and calm. The founding of...More

Thank Gabriel H
Reviewed January 25, 2018

One of the most impressive temples in Kamakura, with a lovely Japanese pond garden. It is best acccessbed from Kita-Kamakura station, rather than Kamakura Station itself, and is thus one of the first temples to be visited for visitors coming from Tokyo or Yokohama. )After...More

Thank John L
Reviewed January 24, 2018

This was probably our favourite temple we visited in Kamakura (or Tokyo). Absolutely stunning up-close and different building to see and enter. I think I remember they give you paper guides in various languages at the entrance when you pay a small fee, but either...More

Thank jeanettek93
Reviewed January 10, 2018

Very impressive architecture, with lots of history. Check out the old trees (over 700 years old), the dragon picture on the ceiling of the hall. For more on Kamakura, check "hiddenjapanguide"

Thank rie s
Reviewed November 16, 2017 via mobile

Impressive complex of oldest (1227 AC) Zen monasteries. Little far from Kamakura busy city center, but worth a Little walk up the hill.

Thank AlinaRL
Reviewed November 12, 2017

The dragon painting on the ceiling above the imported Buddha statue is worth the visit alone. Apparently took the artist over one year to complete it. Large temple complex with ancient Juniper trees is definitely worth an hour of your time.

Thank MrJohnnySan
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Response from yinghua3 | Reviewed this property |
You can use Enoden-bus, Kita-Kamakura to Kenchoji, also Kenchoji to Hachimangu.There is one bus in 15,or 20 minutes. Same as Andrew1234,I will recommend you to walk the Route 21.Although There are some gentle slopes,The... More