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Engaku-ji Temple

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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
+81 467-22-0478
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All reviews zen buddhism kita kamakura station great bell spread out national treasure train station open to the public matcha tea tea house worth a stop main hall big buddha day trip great buddha engakuji meditation complex
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kamakura, a small city with a population of 170,000 is only fifty kilometers south of Tokyo and has a wealth of tourist sites, reflecting its samurai and zen heritage. We were thinking of somewhere near Tokyo suitable for a day excursion for a British couple...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tomizuta1953
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

There was a light rain coming down during our visit and it only added to the magical atmosphere. I found the setting against the hills, trees and flowers to create a powerful sense of harmony with nature and wound up meditating outside the main hall..

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank arthurjunior
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

初夏には新緑が綺麗です。日射しが強い日も日陰に入ると心地よい風と、鮮やかな緑と、鳥のさえずりで癒されます。お寺も厳かで圧倒されました。 Quiet and cozy place The beautiful garden green and song of birds make you feel relax. It is worth to pay 300yen.

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank 900nippon
Reviewed 11 May 2018

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

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank AFoolForTravel
Reviewed 2 May 2018

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

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank speninosmith
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

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank hotalex1953
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"

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank rie s
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

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Federico_Micci
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

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank pchu
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

Date of experience: October 2017
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