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Address: 8 Yamanouchi, Kamakura 247-0062, Kanagawa Prefecture
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Founded in 1253 by a Chinese priest, this temple, notable for its bell (a...

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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A hidden gem away from the hustles and bustles

The Kenchoji may not be the most popular but is definitely my favourite in Kamakura. The whole area was very spacious and the temples were magnificent. It also had a lovely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Minus 2 stars due to the widespread use of asphalt on temple grounds and the number of cars that are allowed to drive into the temple area. Nothing is uglier and more inappropriate for a temple than black asphalt which seriously detracts from the aesthetics. The garden in the back is very simple but very pretty. See it quick before... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Kenchoji may not be the most popular but is definitely my favourite in Kamakura. The whole area was very spacious and the temples were magnificent. It also had a lovely peaceful ambiance, probably because it was less touristy. Just a convenient 10 minutes walk from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

This is one of the largest Zen Buddhist temples in Kamakura, in Kita Kamakura, not far from the station. It has a long and illustrious history, and a collection of buildings, some of which were transported from other parts of japan and rebuilt here. There is a lot to see here: stunning, powerful buildings, serene Buddhist images and beautiful gardens.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

I don't know how I missed this- frequently I go to Kamakura but I had never been here before. This is the first Zen Temple in Kamakura and Japan (I believe,) which makes it all the more amazing. The grounds are GIGANTIC and there are many different buildings. We spent about 3 hours going through as much as we could... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

Kenchoji Temple is a quiet oasis for city travelers. I love the quiet scenery inside the temple. The temple offers you the opportunity to meditate, to relax and learn about the history of Kamakura.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

If you are interested in zazen they offer a 40 minute session at the temple. Before is a simple instruction in the posture and after there is a short explanation of zen buddhism. Be aware that there is not English spoken, at least, not on the day I was there. But it is very beautiful and worthwhile even so.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

The temple is quite interesting, the best parts are a big bell at the entrance, a gate with golden decorations. The gem is at the end of the path where you climb up to have a 360 degrees of the area; if it is a clear day you can see mount Fuji.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

This is a large and beautiful temple. There are many buildings in the large gardens. Lots of information is given about the history and use of each building. You could easily spend a few hours here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Very grand, impressive temple. The art of the roof and walls inside the temples are impressiveI saw this temple as it was the start of the Tenen Hiking trail which observation platform (very worth going up toas it has awesome views of Kamakura).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

This less popular temple has nice buildings but mostly the walk behind the temple up is worth it. Great for the green views and view of the sea.

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