Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Kamakura

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See the artworks and icons, and learn about the history of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera 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 (Takedera Temple) and other Kamakura attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Walked here from the Kamakura station. It's about 0.5 miles, up a little hill. There is a fee to get in. For an extra fee you can have tea. Since it was > 85 F with 100% humidity, we passed on the tea...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Everybody on your friends and family a couple per person with no... Take the tea is waiting for is a little restless?-from nice places in plenty of negative ions, there is healing. Navigation we walked from the train station takes about 20 minutes. Also along the way were healed.
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  • August 14, 2017
    What a beautiful temple and surrounding grounds. Don't miss the bamboo garden!! This is off the beaten (tourist) path but definitely worth it. A cab from the station is 10 yen. Wasn't too crowded and ...  more »
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  • April 9, 2017
    A beautiful spot for hanami in April. Excellent matcha treat while looking at the bamboo forest and beautifully green hills.
  • February 18, 2017
    Zen temple with bamboo garden. It's cool on the way to Kamakura/Enoshima.
  • October 13, 2016
    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.
  • April 19, 2017
    A little out of the way, but the bamboo grove makes it totally worth a visit.
  • September 12, 2016
    Super nice with the bamboo garden! Enjoyed it more than the main temple in Kamakura. Take a bus down if the sun is scorching.

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Given the easy access from Tokyo via a number of public transport options, the vast majority of visitors to Kamakura choose to stay in the capital and head here for a day trip. If you feel there's too much to see in one day, then you'll be pleased to find a decent selection of accommodations in Kamakura itself. Down by the sea sit perhaps the most luxurious of the crop, with sea views high on the list of desires for those who stay here. Follow the river as it snakes inland past the train station, and you'll see a good number of more standard hotels, as well as particularly budget-friendly guesthouses.
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