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. Plan to visit Kenchoji Temple during your Kamakura vacation using our convenient Kamakura route planner.
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  • This temple is very interesting, not only because of the number of buildings (all amazing), but tb inside of them and by the dimensions of its environment.
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  • Organization makes to pay 500 yen for adults, to explore the environment. Coming once, so much excitement. But, I felt like coming to the Temple in China. Founded the 0/1600 (1253) 5 Hōjō tokiyori by precincts, like Temple of Kyoto, it seems. Especially liked shoes from important cultural property, the karamon right off and go-get the Tower Garden pixel copacetic. Was mate of specialities will be selection of pine bark, I agree. Conversation conversation with think and grow pine trees about 150 years and bring here at home, not a witch. Garden, a little something and I was 呟kimashita.
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  • Visiting Kamakura I advise in stopping in Kita Kamakura and continue by foot till reaching Kamakura. So, you'll have the chance to see this wonderful temple, so impressive and so vibrant of history. I...  more »

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