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Engaku-ji Temple

409 Yamanochi, Kamakura 247-0062, Kanagawa Prefecture
+81 467-22-0478
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A large temple bell, a teahouse and a shrine that preserves a tooth of Buddha are highlights of this Zen temple, which has been designated a national treasure and is ranked number two of the city's five most powerful temples.
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409 Yamanochi, Kamakura 247-0062, Kanagawa Prefecture
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+81 467-22-0478
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful Temple and gardens. A little reminiscent of Kyoto. Very close to Kita Kamakura Station. Just follow the tracks in the direction the train was going in (if you came from Tokyo) and about 100 meters on your left on the left side of the...More

Thank AFoolForTravel
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This zen Buddhist temple complex is a short hop from the central Kamakura train station but it is worth the stop. There are some visitors but not like the mobs of tourists around the Big Buddha in Kamakura. This zen complex is much more tranquil....More

Thank speninosmith
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

Spread out over a large wooded area nestling in the mountainsides around Kita Kamakura, this imposing Zen temple is one of my favorites of Kamakura's many historic temples and shrines. It was the second most important Zen temple during the Kamakura Shogunate, surpassed in rank...More

1  Thank hotalex1953
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Lots of small temples, which are mostly not open to the public. Check the grand bell, or Ogane, which is a national treasure. You will need to climb up the stairs to see this. For more, check "hiddenjapanguide"

Thank rie s
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Reviewed 10 December 2017

A few steps from Kita-Kamakura station (don't mistake with Kamakura main station, close to the seaside), this astonishing zen temple will unveil the real Japanese mystic soul. Visitors can access a few building naturally taking off their shoes, and breathe the spirituality spread out in...More

Thank Federico M
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

I have visited a lot of temples and shrines in Japan including those in Kyoto, Koyansan, Nara and Kumano Kudo, Engakuji is one of the best in terms of its atmosphere. First of all, due to its not so central location (near the tiny Kita...More

2  Thank pchu
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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

This was a beautiful working Monastery. Lots of carved wooden buildings. Not as much golden trim etc, but this whole complex was exquisitely carved and decorated. This was recommended by a local restaurant owner, and we were not disappointed. We had a lot of access...More

Thank Pamela I
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

This is a temple on the quieter side of Kamakura. It is beautiful and definitely worth a visit. Climb the main stairs up and come face-to-face with a very pretty old temple hall.

Thank Asperger_Singapore
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Reviewed 13 October 2017

I agree with the other reviews, the temple is really lovely. It is also worth to pay the 100 yen extra to enter the first section on the left side. I think the 100 yen extra for the second section on the left further in...More

Thank TheWindWaker
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

Beautiful historic structure that's worth visiting when in Kamakura. The place is so serene and peaceful surrounded by nature.

Thank phalanxye
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