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Engaku-ji Temple, Kamakura

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A huge Rinzai Zen complex, Engaku-ji Temple houses several national treasures, including a 2.5 m (8 ft) tall great bell from 1301, and a purported tooth of the Buddha. Founded in 1282 by a Chinese Zen monk following an unsuccessful invasion of Japan by Kublai Khan, the site features multiple buildings spread over large landscaped grounds. Once you pass the impressive Sanmon Gate at the top of the long flight of steps, you can walk between a range of areas to check out various shrines. Stop off at the tea house within the temple, which sits a short walk from Kita-Kamakura station. To visit Engaku-ji Temple on your trip to Kamakura, use our Kamakura trip itinerary planner.
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  • You'll be surprised how close the Engaku-ji to Kita-Kamakura Station. It only takes about 2 minutes from the station's exit to the temple’s entrance, which is also why you'll still hear the train in.....  more
    You'll be surprised how close the Engaku-ji to Kita-Kamakura Station. It only takes about 2 minutes from the station's exit to the temple’s entrance, which is also why you'll still hear the train in.....  more »
  • My wife and I live locally so we can visit this temple in all seasons. It always has a tranquil beauty to it that puts your soul to rest. Extensive grounds include many religious buildings, a lovely.....  more
    My wife and I live locally so we can visit this temple in all seasons. It always has a tranquil beauty to it that puts your soul to rest. Extensive grounds include many religious buildings, a lovely.....  more »
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  • Very scenic, with amazing panoramic view of surrounding hills/mountains. If you are lucky, on a clear day you can see Mount Fuji. This temple is famous for a bell that has a sort of mystical story behind it!
  • A quintessential Kamakura temple. A collection of structures without an obvious central governing design. Makes for a nice stroll and discovery of varying experiences. Lovely in Autumn as the leaves turn.

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