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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 reason I went is because Yasujiro Ozu is buried there. I left some sake on his grave. It the most quiet Temple I saw while in Japan. The cemetery is also quite large. I was there in the afternoon ...  more »
  • Is visited in the middle of that was beautiful! Go by car visitors lot better and uncrowded Engaku-ji Temple ️ timely and caretaker's lunch from little hours after additional money taken not from the staff.
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  • It is the head temple of the Rinzai Zen sect Yen Temple faction. Down at JR Yokosuka line Kita-Kamakura station, walk towards Kamakura, soon left. Covered in dense forests is carried out. The main shrine is considerably ascends the stairs steep.
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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.