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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...]

Engakuji

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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