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Engakuji Temple

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409 Yamanouchi, Kamakura, Kanagawa 247-0062, Japan

Zen Buddhist complex, founded in 1282, with gates, temples, a giant bell & a relic of the Buddha.

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Mondays: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Tuesdays: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Wednesdays: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Thursdays: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Fridays: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturdays: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Sundays: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

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Jono Podmore 2 months ago

Very special place. Great to see Kyudo school and to find Ozu's grave. Take your time...

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Reginald Williams 3 months ago

My favorite Japanese temples are always Zen Temples. As such, Engaku-ji was no exception. I enjoy the understated architecture, the sense of peace and utter tranquility of these temples, and the focus on the beauty of the natural surroundings. The convenience to Kita-Kamakura station and its status as one of the five most important Zen temples in Kamakura ensures a steady stream of visitors. By visiting on a weekday I was able to avoid the hordes of people and thoroughly enjoyed my visit. The giant bell designated as a national treasure is well worth the climb up to see it, in my opinion.

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Christopher Leong 4 months ago

Short few minutes walk from Kita Kamakura station. This amazing zen temple is build into the mountains and forest. A quiet, serene haven and a beautiful walking excursion learning about the lifestyle of the abbot's and the structures and history around it. It is recommended to come here during spring season and autumn as the view of the place gets so much more enlightened than a normal summer day walk. 500 yen for entry i believe, with two tea houses in the area. One being requiring to walk 100 + steps? to the top for a fantastic view with a chance of Fuji.

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Anna Krzak 4 months ago

Engakuji is built into the slopes of Kita-Kamakura's forested hills. It is No 2 of Kamakura's 5 great Zen temples. It was founded by the regent Hojo Tokimune in 1282 to pay respect to the fallen Japanese and Mongolian soldiers during Mongolian invasion of Japana in 1281. The first main structure encountered upon entering the temple grounds is the Sanmon gate (built in 1783). Behind it stands the temple's main hall, the Butsuden, which displays a wooden statue of the Shaka Buddha. The Butsuden was rebuilt in 1964 after the former building had been lost in an earthquake. Further into the temple grounds stands Shariden hall in which a tooth of Buddha is enshrined. Another attraction and national treasure is large bell that stands on a hill next to a teahouse where you may enjoy a cup of tea and Japanese sweets. The temple is open from 08:00 to 16:30. It is next to Kita-Kamakura Train Station (around 100 m). Entrance (Oct 2023) was 500 yen per person.

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Neslie 9 months ago

Close to Kita Kamakura Station. Always love to see the beauty of this place every season. There is a beautiful garden, few hydrangea (summer time) , bamboo, and forest view too. This is a temple, so it is best to keep your voices low in case talking is unavoidable. Entrance fee is 500 yen.