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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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  • August 16, 2017
    Beautiful historic structure that's worth visiting when in Kamakura. The place is so serene and peaceful surrounded by nature.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Engakuji Temple visiting families with small children. How elementary school children were attracted to ancient buildings and gardens, but incomprehensible to preschool-age children. Toilet had a number of places. Large parts and wheel chair ramps, stairs wasn't. Weren't completely around in a stroller. Far Hall is nice and spacious and solemn atmosphere, but in the sense of distance that appeal, too.
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  • July 31, 2017
    In the Kita-Kamakura landed for the first time. In the Kamakura era ancient temples, i.e., was surprised by its grandeur. Environment is very clean and do not feel that a lot of tourists coming. Uphill is decent, I was saying a little Gigi. But can be visited from the outside is to take off your shoes, you can visit the most. I looked up and found stunning dragon on the ceiling. Incidentally the hydrangeas with blooms in some part of the environment, said. Unlike the meigetsu, colorful hydrangeas, pink and purple are seen. Gigi said a steep stairs to Benten Hall as an aside of the big Bell of the treasure there while climbing is selling drinks and ice cream break. And stuff awarding Office near the entrance in another one in the nokyo-sho in here, please note who collected nokyo-sho because I heard and been awarded the Center neighbourhood temple at questions and answers.
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  • April 22, 2017
    Great place to visit. Experience of tranquility and peace. For an extra 500yen you'll get matca tea and some sweets.
  • March 11, 2017
    Zen temple close to Kita-Kamakura station and a good place to start a visit to Kamakura.
  • March 12, 2017
    有名なお寺がけっち! For all its fame? has fallen into crass mercantilism!
  • January 12, 2017
    This is a big temple and it has a lot of "gold" all around it, the most amazing part is the main gate mostly covered in gold.
  • December 11, 2016
    Huge temple with a lot of things to see. It's definitely a must if you go to Kamakura

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Given the easy access from Tokyo via a number of public transport options, the vast majority of visitors to Kamakura choose to stay in the capital and head here for a day trip. If you feel there's too much to see in one day, then you'll be pleased to find a decent selection of accommodations in Kamakura itself. Down by the sea sit perhaps the most luxurious of the crop, with sea views high on the list of desires for those who stay here. Follow the river as it snakes inland past the train station, and you'll see a good number of more standard hotels, as well as particularly budget-friendly guesthouses.
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