Kamakura Visitor's Guide

Tourist spots

Tourist spots

Engakuji Temple


To console the souls of the fallen soldiers who served during the Bun'ei and Kōnan eras, Hōjō Tokimune invited the priest Mugaku Sogen (Bukkō Kokushi) and constructed the temple in 1282 (Kōnan 5). The Cedar groves alongside the stairs to the temple gate is impressive. Second of the five great Rinzai temples of Kamakura. Head temple of the Rinzai school of Buddhism Engaku-ji temple sect. The wooden, seated Sakyamuni figure is the principal object of worship. Sub-temple 16.


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409 Yamanouchi,Kamakura City
Adult: 300 yen Children in elementary and middle school students: 100 yen ◆ Visitors who are disabled may enter free of charge (Proof of Disability documentation is required) ◆ Senior city residents may enter free of charge (identification is required)
April ~ October...8:00AM ~ 5:00PM
November ~ March...8:00AM ~ 4:00PM
Reliquary hall (national treasure; open to the public every year January 1st ~ 3rd and during the first ten days of November when temple treasures are being aired out), temple bell (national treasure), Natsume Sōseki haiku stone (inside Kigen temple is closed to the public), view from Benten-dō temple. Bustunichi-an (admission is 100 yen).
[Spring] ume (Japanese apricot), Yoshino cherry tree, white magnolia
[Summer] hydrangea
[Autumn] fall leaves
[Winter] Japanese knotweed
Airing of temple treasures (around November 3rd), Saraswati sutra chanting (November 28th) Come experience: seated meditation, Buddhist sermons, tea (at the Butsunichi-an), hand-copied sutras (at the Butsunichi-an).
[Public restrooms available]
1. A 2-minute walk from JR Kita-Kamakura Station.
2. From JR Kamakura Station East Exit:At terminal No.2 take a bus bound for Kenchō-ji temple, get off at Kita-Kamakura and A 2-minute walk.

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