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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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Beautiful temple and grounds

Kenchoji Temple is one of several in Kamakura on the way to Hasedera Temple and Kotoku-In. It's worth a visit of maybe 30 to 45 minutes. Just keep in mind that you would have to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 30, 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

Kenchoji Temple is one of several in Kamakura on the way to Hasedera Temple and Kotoku-In. It's worth a visit of maybe 30 to 45 minutes. Just keep in mind that you would have to spend several days in the area if you want to visit all the smaller temples in Kamakura. If you are going for a day trip,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

Like the temples in the area, Kenchoji is well maintained, clearly respected and easily accessible. For those who enjoy temples this is worth the effort. It feels ordered and tranquil.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

We spent several hours walking and shopping around the quaint town area of Kamakura and then made our way to the Kenchoji Temple. We witnessed a wedding ceremony and had a group of elementary school age children practice their English on us...We enjoyed the small temple museum and grounds. The town of Kamakura is an hour train ride from Tokyo... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

Well, we sought this temple out to experience Zazen. None of the books or other information I'd read really described exactly what it was. I'd read that 6 former first ladies had experienced it. So, I figured it was a meditation experience. It was....but so much more. It was rather unexpected. Suffice to say it involves (voluntary) being hitten by... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

Kenchoji temple is just awesome. It is not far from the Kita Kamakura train station. Temple and its grounds are spectacular. This is our first Zen temple, and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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