Kencho-ji Temple, Kamakura

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Take in the serenity and artistry at Kencho-ji Temple, a commanding Zen Buddhist temple known for its carefully designed gardens and grand architecture. Completed in 1253 under the command of Emperor Go-Fukakusa, the temple originally boasted 49 subtemples, most of which were lost to fire during the 14th and 15th centuries. As you explore the extensive complex, note the 13th-century temple bell, Chinese juniper trees in the temple garden, and the finely ornamented roofs and walls. The temple welcomes visitors to participate in 40-minute zazen meditation sessions, providing brief instruction on posture and the tenets of Zen Buddhism beforehand (in Japanese). North of the complex, hiking trails lead farther up the hill to an observatory. Plan to visit Kencho-ji Temple during your Kamakura vacation using our convenient Kamakura route planner.
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  • It is also famous as a route for the Tenzono hiking trail. I think that it is a reasonable price though it costs the admission fee. The Buddhist temple is also good, but the scenery is good when i climb a half monk.
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  • The gate next to Kamakura Gakuen is also excellent, but it will pass through the bus parking lot, so let's go to the front. There is a red seal in the left hand passing through the general gate. Like Enmeiji Temple, "Please put out the red seal book to the red seal. I'll give it to you on your way home." I received a red seal of "Minami-plain warehouse", which is the honon, but there are other "Buddha-una-nunsi/ bottle-son-in-the-son/ Sente Kannon(Kamakura 33 33 Kannon Reiba No.28)" / Shin-ii-izo (Kamakura 24jizo No.9) / Kaeda Jizo (Kamakura 24jizo) Number 10] and you can get a variety of red seal. Let's visit not only the Buddha hall but also here from the splendid three gates.
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