Kamakura Visitor's Guide

Tourist spots

Tourist spots

Kenchoji Temple


Kenchoji Temple is the top of the five great Rinzai temples of Kamakura. It was built by Hojo Tokiyori in 1253, receiving a Chinese high priest, Rankei Doryu, as a founder of the temple. Its principal buildings, the Somon, Sanmon, Butsuden, and Hatto, are lined up in a Chinese temple layout. The approximately 730 year old Chinese junipers in front of the Butsuden allow one to feel the temple's rich history. The Hansobo at the far end of the compounds leads up to the Amazono hiking course. The principal image is a wooden seated Jizo Bosatsu statue. It possess 10 sub-temples. Kamakura's 33 Kannon No. 28, 28, 29. Kamakura's 24 Jizo No. 9, 10, 11.


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8 Yamanouchi, Kamakura City
Adult ¥300 (High school students and up)
Children ¥100 (Elementary and junior high school students)
Temple bell (national treasure). Garden (designated national place of scenic beauty). Haiku monument to Ishizuka Yuji. Sanmon, Butsuden, Hatto, Karamon (all national treasures).
[Spring] white magnolia, sakura
[Summer] Conandron ramondioides
[Autumn] Japanese clover, colorful leaves
Treasured items are displayed on the Culture Day Holiday in November
1. A 20-minute walk from JR Kita-Kamakura station towards Kamakura station
2. A 30-minute walk from JR Kamakura station east exit towards Kita-Kamakura
3. From JR Kamakura station:At Terminal No.2 take a bus bound for Kenchoji - Ofuna Station, get off at Kenchoji

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