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Kencho-ji Temple

8 Yamanouchi, Kamakura 247-0062, Kanagawa Prefecture
+81 467-22-0981
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Founded in 1253 by a Chinese priest, this temple, notable for its bell (a national treasure) and Zen garden, was the first Zen temple in the city and is ranked number one of the city's five most powerful temples.
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  • Average8%
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“old trees” (2 reviews)
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8 Yamanouchi, Kamakura 247-0062, Kanagawa Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the highest ranked of the five Zen temples in Kamakura. After entering through the main gate, you will find four magnificent temples in close proximity Behind the last one, there is a wonderful garden with a pond, serene and calm. The founding of...More

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Reviewed 26 January 2018

One of the most impressive temples in Kamakura, with a lovely Japanese pond garden. It is best acccessbed from Kita-Kamakura station, rather than Kamakura Station itself, and is thus one of the first temples to be visited for visitors coming from Tokyo or Yokohama. )After...More

Thank John L
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Reviewed 25 January 2018

This was probably our favourite temple we visited in Kamakura (or Tokyo). Absolutely stunning up-close and different building to see and enter. I think I remember they give you paper guides in various languages at the entrance when you pay a small fee, but either...More

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Very impressive architecture, with lots of history. Check out the old trees (over 700 years old), the dragon picture on the ceiling of the hall. For more on Kamakura, check "hiddenjapanguide"

Thank rie s
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Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

Impressive complex of oldest (1227 AC) Zen monasteries. Little far from Kamakura busy city center, but worth a Little walk up the hill.

Thank AlinaRL
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

The dragon painting on the ceiling above the imported Buddha statue is worth the visit alone. Apparently took the artist over one year to complete it. Large temple complex with ancient Juniper trees is definitely worth an hour of your time.

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Reviewed 25 October 2017

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. Its gardens together with the temples are uplifting and I bet going...More

Thank Cristian C
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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

A complex of temples in a walkable distance from Kamakura town centre (less than 1km). Beautiful quiet place, worth a visit when you are in Kamakura.

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Reviewed 22 October 2017

This is one the bigger temples in the area and attracts a bigger crowd. Nonetheless, it is still serene enough to walk around and with many historic buildings to look into and around.

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Reviewed 21 October 2017

Beautiful temple complex. Several shrines to see. Beautiful grounds. Impressive temple doors. Nice place to slow down and just relax. Worth a visit of the many temples in Kamakura.

Thank josch1122
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T_Panot
3 March 2016|
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Response from yinghua3 | Reviewed this property |
You can use Enoden-bus, Kita-Kamakura to Kenchoji, also Kenchoji to Hachimangu.There is one bus in 15,or 20 minutes. Same as Andrew1234,I will recommend you to walk the Route 21.Although There are some gentle slopes,The... More
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