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 behind the temple. This would be the most serene spot in Kamakura, if it wasn’t for all the viewers. Still, it is difficult to suppress a sense of awe in this natural cathedral.
Visiting on a sunny day is recommended, as rays of sunlight beaming through the upper foliage make the setting even more spectacular. Windy days are also recommended, as the swaying bamboo compose a mystical melody as they brush together. In the back of the grove is a small terrace for sipping traditional green tea while enjoying the inspiring panorama.
To avoid crowds try to arrive in the early morning.
Official Website (in English)
Open Daily: 9am – 4pm
Address: Jomyoji 2-7-4 Map
[su_box title=”Temple Data” box_color=”#8f8c2f” title_color=”#ffffff”]Official Name: Hokokuji
Sect: Rinzai Zen
Founding Year: 1334
Founding Priest: Tengan Eko
Founder: Ietoki Ashikaga
Family temple for Ashikaga and Uesugi clans.[/su_box]