Engaku-ji Temple, Kamakura

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A huge Rinzai Zen complex, Engaku-ji Temple 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. To visit Engaku-ji Temple on your trip to Kamakura, use our Kamakura trip itinerary planner.
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  • Because it is a trip from the provinces, I narrow down the place and go around. This time, we took a walk around Kita-Kamakura Station. This is famous as a temple of flowers.
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  • It is a short walk from Kita-Kamakura Station. The garden is beautiful, but I thought it was a garden for samurai rather than a sophisticated taste like a temple in Kyoto. I think it's good to take customers.
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  • This is an extensive site with acres of space around the temple.....it is a quiet location and very peaceful ambience.but there is no one thing that stands out across the site. Worth a visit if in the...  more »
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