Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Kamakura

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See the artworks and icons, and learn about the history of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), an old and impressive temple. Founded in 1334, the Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple had a straw roof until it was damaged by an earthquake in 1923, but still displays a similar roof on its bell tower today. Also known as "Bamboo Temple," the religious site has an attractive bamboo grove just behind the main hall. With over 2,000 tall bamboo plants, and a small tea house, the garden offers a place of respite popular with tourists and worshippers alike. By using our Kamakura day trip planning tool, you can arrange your visit to Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and other attractions in Kamakura.
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  • We really enjoyed our visit here. Beautiful surroundings and serene gardens. With so many temples in Kamakura, this one is surely not to be missed. 
    We really enjoyed our visit here. Beautiful surroundings and serene gardens. With so many temples in Kamakura, this one is surely not to be missed.  more »
  • Another of Kamakura's many gems. Lovely place to stroll around. Easy to get to and wasn't crowded when I went. Well recommended. 
    Another of Kamakura's many gems. Lovely place to stroll around. Easy to get to and wasn't crowded when I went. Well recommended.  more »
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  • Lovely hidden gem that is popular with the locals. This shrine is an ideal scenic visit if you're in the area with a nominal entry fee. There is a small bamboo forest and teahouse like the famed Kyoto version. Shrine garden is relatively small, expect crowds especially on the weekends.
  • Relaxing and not crowded. There are benches so you can enjoy the view while sitting idly. If you want to have matcha and a few cute sweets in the cafe overlooking the bamboos, be sure to buy the ticket which includes the matcha. This bamboo forest isn’t as big as the one in Kyoto but it’s well maintained. Parking is available and free of charge. In case it’s full, there’s a nearby paid parking space.

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