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Hokokuji Temple, Kamakura
(4.5/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Wanted to go here, I go straight from Kamakura station to go to Kamakura. To go to the garden, such as bamboo, and then pay a visit to the main road entry fee 200 yen or need to buy a ticket either with tea ¥ 700, made with green tea. I often go to temples of Kyoto, so 200 yen is very cheap. I felt cool air, as soon as I step into the garden, the air is still. And the bamboo walk, views bamboo enjoyed the green tea in a tea ceremony, was very good.
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  • Houkokuji Temple famous in the bamboo forest. From Kamakura station to go on the bus 10 minutes was walking velodrome and went back to the station. Is a small temple, but cool to do and the air is different. Also, our green tea while watching the bamboo, became a very meaningful time.
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  • This is the second visit. It is recommended that green tea come after you see the garden. I feel something different in every season.
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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.