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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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  • I think only Mikado and lost it. Back to fast, up the stairs. named Hanzo Tsutsumi shrine is located. Fuji also looks Karasu Tengu kencho-JI shrine of God there, weather permitting. Further uphill narrow lookout overlooks Sagami Bay.
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  • Walk 15 minutes from Kita-Kamakura station is walked leisurely enjoying the view. Do not get too crowded since it was a weekday, it was quiet and solemn atmosphere. And the power of Mikado, then look through the main gate. It is not to be missed!
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  • Kenchin soup at famous temples. It is the oldest in Kamakura Zen! Country Zen. There are four types of nokyo-sho. Cars, not walk from Kita-Kamakura station, good may also!
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