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Kenchoji Temple, Kamakura

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web
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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  • Visit one Saturday morning. Very nice garden seen from the building. Because it had no other visitors sat and looked about 10 minutes.
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  • Like the temples in the area, Kenchoji is well maintained, clearly respected and easily accessible. For those who enjoy temples this is worth the effort. It feels ordered and tranquil. 
  • Number in Kamakura had a profound sense of great temples in the Temple in, lined with large Buddhist sanctum and the Mikado. Half monk and goes up towards the back of the environment, continued to hike from there.
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