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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  • In our one day trip from Tokyo to visit some of the many temples and shrines in Kamakura after the Daibutsu statue and Hasedera temple we have chosen Kencho-ji temple and we don't regret. The old wood...  more »
  • Because I go from the provinces, I narrow down the temple sibecause i visit. The garden of this temple was beautiful. This time I walked around Kita-Kamakura Station.
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