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Kenchoji Temple, Kamakura
(4.5/5 based on 300+ 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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  • Very quiet and tranquil Zen Temple. All facilities have plaque in English, which makes it easier for someone who is an outsider. It also has a very beautiful garden in one of the facilities and still has one last stop at the top of the mountain you can see the temples, the city of Kamakura and the sea. In good weather you can seethe Fuji. Anyway, worth knowing.
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  • Let's say that compared to other temples we visited in other areas of Japan, we weren't particularly impressed, although it is still very nice wooden structure of some buildings. Beautiful the monk, who runs the sanctuary with kitten on the shoulder.
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  • Kita-Kamakura station is the second temple that you meet along the way to Kamakura; is definitely the biggest as it includes seven major buildings other minors and extends up the hill from where you have a beautiful view of the area below and if the visibility is good you can see Mount Fuji.
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