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Engaku-ji, Kamakura

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A huge Rinzai Zen complex, Engaku-ji houses several national treasures, including a 2.5 m (8 ft) tall great bell from 1301, and a purported tooth of the Buddha. Founded in 1282 by a Chinese Zen monk following an unsuccessful invasion of Japan by Kublai Khan, the site features multiple buildings spread over large landscaped grounds. Once you pass the impressive Sanmon Gate at the top of the long flight of steps, you can walk between a range of areas to check out various shrines. Stop off at the tea house within the temple, which sits a short walk from Kita-Kamakura station. Using our world travel planner, Kamakura attractions like Engaku-ji can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The Temple from the Kita-Kamakura station. Unusual scenery crossing the railway along the entrance path of the temple can be found. Here those are great Mikado heavy layer height 20 m. Hall itself was reconstructed in reinforced 0/1961 so no history and good luck building itself. Environment here is also 60000 square meters is as vast as scattered was great in it. The Hall is, not public hall is a national treasure, a thatched-roof House Buddhist practice gym and library are enshrined was the founder, uneducated father. This is the Zen monks were invited from Sung dynasty China at that time. When this Monk invited by Hōjō Tokimune letter also seems have survived. Since the temple itself, built 1282 (former year) relatively new as the temples of Japan and also his. Was built at that time and took pride in counting the tacchu 47 Bou in bygone days in very large scale.... Soseki 石yu Tachu would-be also there seems to be a literary I in Soseki not interested at all, like it is said or attributed source of does not, because no.
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  • Down the deserted station and another region's Engaku-ji Temple. Beyond the main gate and breathtaking grandeur. Be charmed by mountain views and natural landscapes
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  • It's actually a wider environment. See standing on the edge of nature, historical wooden architecture and beautiful feel.
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  • Right in front of Kita-Kamakura station. Quite a large temple with some impressive National Treasures, such as the "shariden" where Buddha's tooth is kept. A great place for those who collect goshuin stamps since there are several locations to get different stamps. You can also experience shakyo (copying sutras) and zazen meditation.
  • Good quiet temple complex in the Kita Kamakura Zen area. Don't miss the archery after the entrance.
  • One of the most important temple in Kamakura you must visit.
  • I visited Enkakuji as part of a Kamakura tour with Tokyo Way. The temple is located in Kita-Kamakura, which is about an hour train ride from the center of Tokyo. I found it to be a beautiful Zen Buddhist temple with a really long and interesting history. It's not as grand and spectacular as some of the temples in Kyoto, but there's a hall where a monk will teach you how to do zazen mediation and there are cafes run by monks in the temple grounds where you can have some delicious tea. This gives Engakuji more to do then just look at the buildings. It also doesn't seem to be as popular with tourists as other more famous temples, so there aren't crazy large crowds. If you're in the Tokyo area and looking to experience some Japanese history or if you are a serious practitioner of Zen Buddhism and/or zazen meditation, I'd recommend a trip out to Engakuji.
  • Well-guided signs (in English) that you can follow along and enjoy all the history behind.