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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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Given the easy access from Tokyo via a number of public transport options, the vast majority of visitors to Kamakura choose to stay in the capital and head here for a day trip. If you feel there's too much to see in one day, then you'll be pleased to find a decent selection of accommodations in Kamakura itself. Down by the sea sit perhaps the most luxurious of the crop, with sea views high on the list of desires for those who stay here. Follow the river as it snakes inland past the train station, and you'll see a good number of more standard hotels, as well as particularly budget-friendly guesthouses.
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  • Although there are so many temples in Kamakura area, they have five main temples. Kenchoji temple is not only the one of them but is the most distinct one. They have a very beautiful Japanese garden b...  more »
  • Wear comfortable shoes or else experience the same pedal displeasure I have to endure for the next few hours! To rub salt in the wound we couldn't see Fuji-san after the hike! Otherwise a beautiful an...  more »
  • Kenchoji is the most prestigius temple in Kamakura, which was established nearly 800 years ago by Tokiyori Hojo of Kamakura Government.He invited famous Buddhist priest, Rankeidoryu, from China and ma...  more »