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Hokokuji Temple, Kamakura

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See the artworks and icons, and learn about the history of Hokokuji Temple, an old and impressive temple. Founded in 1334, the Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple had a straw roof until it was damaged by an earthquake in 1923, but still displays a similar roof on its bell tower today. Also known as "Bamboo Temple," the religious site has an attractive bamboo grove just behind the main hall. With over 2,000 tall bamboo plants, and a small tea house, the garden offers a place of respite popular with tourists and worshippers alike. Our Kamakura vacation route planner makes visiting Hokokuji Temple and other Kamakura attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Bamboo is a fantastic and very helpful. Is there where you can enjoy tea and ingenuous. There are also people who are meditating, was flowing very quiet time.
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  • Not in the temples of Kyoto temples in Kamakura, but only here is temple like atmosphere. In a bamboo grove with Matcha and Japanese sweets was hopefully the heart be cleansed. It is a temple when you have time and want to go. Zen is famous.
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  • Nice zen temple with a small bamboo forest. Its not even a forest, its just a small part with bamboo, but if you are not planning visit to Kyoto and Arashiyama, its a must see 
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  • Super nice with the bamboo garden! Enjoyed it more than the main temple in Kamakura. Take a bus down if the sun is scorching.
  • Beautiful small temple with a small zen garden and a bamboo forest. One can enjoy tea with a relaxing bamboo view here. Not crowded. It closes at 4pm.
  • A very small yet beautiful bamboo forest in this temple. Must see in kamakura. It's closes early at 4 pm. Take 5 number bus from kamakura station.
  • One of the most amazing places I've ever been. The tall bamboo trees will fill you with peace and joy. It's a mystical experience which you can round up with a cup of matcha tea. An absolute must if you go to Kamakura...
  • One of the best places to visit in Kamakura in my opinion. Less overrun than the great buddha statue. The temple and bamboo forest are not big but pretty. The tea ceremony although short and mass-produced version of a real Japanese tea ceremony is nice. I had a good time walking around and relaxing, before heading back to the main station. If you don't like small crowded buses or don't wanna walk to the temple take a taxi at kamakura station, same side where the bus terminal/stop is.