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Engaku-ji, Kamakura

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
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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  • It will start in Kita Kamakura sightseeing. Let's end the Yokohama-ōfuna, Kamakura and zushi area up top vehicles, down Yokosuka line passengers when the. Walk 15 car minutes Kakashi. Ticket if you get away.
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  • A very nice temple complex. I have many and the Japanese temples are well cared for and respected. This is the easiest to access for Kita Kamikura station. Not a great deal to say about it as temples ...  read more »
  • Front of the Kita-Kamakura station, is a Buddhist temple of the Rinzai sect. Environment is long and narrow, there are a lot of sights such as the heaven and earth stand open Temple enshrined the Buddha Hall is dedicated to the deity, Hōjō Tokimune, Temple, school of vocational training, zazenkai, treasure Hall. Nokyo-sho!
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  • Good quiet temple complex in the Kita Kamakura Zen area. Don't miss the archery after the entrance.
  • 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.
  • A simple, rather isolated temple, with only a few tourists and mostly local visitors.
  • very nice temple in japan
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