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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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  • As we thought. You can walk from tsurugaoka hachimangu shrine. About 10-15 minutes on foot. Kita-Kamakura station to kencho-ji Temple-tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu shrine-that personally I think is the best course. Very old temple with a treasure trove of national treasures and important cultural properties. I think doing ZEN meditation experiences and the things I like to participate.
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  • Only 1 hour away from Tokyo and 10 minutes walking from the central station of Kamakura. A must see location! 
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