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Kenchoji Temple, Kamakura

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Take in the serenity and artistry at Kenchoji Temple, a commanding Zen Buddhist temple known for its carefully designed gardens and grand architecture. Completed in 1253 under the command of Emperor Go-Fukakusa, the temple originally boasted 49 subtemples, most of which were lost to fire during the 14th and 15th centuries. As you explore the extensive complex, note the 13th-century temple bell, Chinese juniper trees in the temple garden, and the finely ornamented roofs and walls. The temple welcomes visitors to participate in 40-minute zazen meditation sessions, providing brief instruction on posture and the tenets of Zen Buddhism beforehand (in Japanese). North of the complex, hiking trails lead farther up the hill to an observatory. Before you head to Kamakura, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Kamakura trip itinerary builder, to make sure you see all that Kamakura has to offer, including Kenchoji Temple.
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  • Although it is a bit of a walk up there, Kenchoji Temple and the surrounding parks are worth it and much more interesting to me than the most popular (read: very crowded) Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine....  more »
  • We arrived on a cold and wet afternoon here in Kencho-ji; and let me be the first to tell you, don't let the weather stop you from a stroll down these temples. To see Buddhism shrines, and the amount ...  more »
  • April I visited in the head. Cherry Blossom is now gate and a tree-lined like in the tunnel of cherry blossoms, very nice. But could not take beautiful pictures, which brim with the tourists on Saturday went to.
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