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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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  • You'll be surprised how close the Engaku-ji to Kita-Kamakura Station. It only takes about 2 minutes from the station's exit to the temple’s entrance, which is also why you'll still hear the train in.....  more
    You'll be surprised how close the Engaku-ji to Kita-Kamakura Station. It only takes about 2 minutes from the station's exit to the temple’s entrance, which is also why you'll still hear the train in.....  more »
  • My wife and I live locally so we can visit this temple in all seasons. It always has a tranquil beauty to it that puts your soul to rest. Extensive grounds include many religious buildings, a lovely.....  more
    My wife and I live locally so we can visit this temple in all seasons. It always has a tranquil beauty to it that puts your soul to rest. Extensive grounds include many religious buildings, a lovely.....  more »
  • I came here with a Japanese friend on a rainy Saturday afternoon towards the end of November. At the time we were there most of the buildings were closed, but still it was a lovely spot to have a... 
    I came here with a Japanese friend on a rainy Saturday afternoon towards the end of November. At the time we were there most of the buildings were closed, but still it was a lovely spot to have a...  more »
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  • A quintessential Kamakura temple. A collection of structures without an obvious central governing design. Makes for a nice stroll and discovery of varying experiences. Lovely in Autumn as the leaves turn.
  • A great temple to visit! Really really amazing. I got to experience watching Japanese kyudo. Watching it was really fun and the staff smiled and waved at me and didn't mind me taking pictures and videos. The temple is a beautiful place. And the dragon on the ceiling of the main building on the roof is beautiful.
  • Simply amazing 13 century Buddhist temple. Amazing atmosphere. A gem in the Kamakura area A must visit!
  • This is 2 min walk from kita Kamakura station. Peaceful area. Lots of greenery and flowers can be seen in June
  • A beautiful temple located right next to KitaKamakura station. Give yourself at least a couple of hours to fully explore the expansive grounds. The flora in spring is impressive.

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