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Kencho-ji Temple: Tours & Tickets

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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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8 Yamanouchi, Kamakura 247-0062, Kanagawa Prefecture
+81 467-22-0981
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Reviewed 29 May 2019

This was not one of the temples we wanted to visit, but had checked it out on-line. Just OK. Nothing special.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jerry J
Reviewed 14 May 2019

Beautiful Zen temple with precious wall and ceiling paintings, zen garden, peaceful vibes …enjoyable visit; I would love to spend more time around the monastery walking and admiring the flowers and trees (this is a disadvantage of being a part of the group tour)

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank EarlyRetirementAbroa
Reviewed 11 May 2019 via mobile

Kenjo-ji Temple is one of the finest Zen temple. Founded in 1253, it is also the oldest training temple in Japan. Inside this Buddha hall is a timber statue of Buddha moved from Tokyo. There is a real quietness and peace. Worth every minute of...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 7 May 2019

There are many old buildings of various styles. The compound is very peaceful and well-landscaped. Few visitors because it is located out of town, which makes it more attractive.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank FMoz
Reviewed 22 April 2019

I arrived in the train station and walked to this temple, it's not that far. It was raining hard when I arrived, so we were almost alone for our visit! This monastery is still active today. It was a magical place in the middle of...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank NoeB1
Reviewed 15 April 2019 via mobile

Such an amazing place to visit, and rivalled most of the temples we visited in Japan. Don’t know if it was because it was a Monday, but there was no-one else there!! Is it the best kept secret? I don’t know, but it was so...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 27 December 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful guided English-language tour of Engaku Ji temple by Taka Toho. He showed us all around the grounds and provided cultural content that was very interesting. Thouroughly enjoyed his explanations and company. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 29 November 2018

Kenchouji Buddhist Temple of the Rinzai zen sect is located about twenty minutes away from both Kitakamakura and Kamakura JR stations. It was founded thirty years earlier than Engakuji in 1253. Tokiyori Houjou, the father of Tokimune Houjou who founded Engakuji, invited the Chinese zen...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank tomizuta1953
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

Loved to stroll through this temple complex and gardens. Zen like atmosphere. Lots of photo opportunities. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

We arrived here few minutes before the closing of the main gate, we found few tourists and we loved it. The area is one of the biggest we saw. Fantastic! A peaceful place to stop for some minutes.

Date of experience: August 2018
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12 December 2018|
Response from tomizuta1953 | Reviewed this property |
It really depends on what else you want to see or do in Kamakura. If the question is asking for the minimum, I would allow an hour from the temple back and forth from Kitakamakura or Kamakura Stations and minimum one hour at... More
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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