Kamakura temples

Zuisenji Temple

Winding up the mountain toward the temple, it is hard to tell where the wilderness ends and the gardens begin. Half-way up, visitors must choose between a steeper ascent on [More...]

Kotoku-In (the Daibutsu)

Kotoku-In, not far from Hase Station, is the home of Kamakura’s most illustrious resident, the Daibutsu. Perhaps the most visited of all of Kamakura’s sights, a [More...]


Nestled in the hills of Kita Kamakura, the grounds of Engakuji are expansive and seeped in nature. The Sanmon or main gate is astonishing in size and beauty, and passing [More...]

Hokokuji (the Bamboo temple)

Hokokuji, also known as the bamboo temple, is a popular destination for visitors to Kamakura. Well manicured grounds lead you to the main attraction- a beautiful bamboo grove [More...]

Shokozan Tokeiji Temple

At Tokeiji, nature and architecture have encroached so far into each other’s territories that they have become one. The result is a feeling of well-won peace for both [More...]

Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine

In 1191, Minamoto no Yoritomo,  moved the shrine from its original location in Zaimokuza and incorporated Feng Shui to bring about a prosperous design for the shrine and the [More...]

Jochiji Temple

An ancient stone bridge across a small carp pond invites pilgrims to Jochiji Temple.  The scene looks rather like an oil painting, and there is an unexplainable hint of de [More...]

Kamakura-Gu Shrine

To the northeast of Kamakura sits Kamakura-Gu, a simple shrine with unusual white torii gates, which are said to represent ‘magokoro’ or purity in spirit.  The [More...]

Zeniarai Benzaiten

The entrance to Zenarai Benzaiten, to the west of Kamakura,  is through a hand-carved tunnel.  Here, the echoing of footsteps stirs up a mysterious air where shadows dance [More...]
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