Kencho-ji Temple

Travel Guide - Kencho-ji Temple


Kencho-ji Temple, overlooks Kamakura City all the way to Sagami Bay, was established by the 5th regent of Kamakura shogunate Hojo Tokiyori in 1253. The temple is the first Zen training monastery in Japan and ranks among the most important of Kamakura's medieval Zen temples.
The two-storied gate called Sanmon has a quiet dignity. Further along at the end of the path, steep stairs continue up toward the hill behind the temple grounds. Halfway up is Hanso-bo, a shrine dedicated to a Shinto deity that protects the temple. The temple was burnt down several times by fire and earthquake, and the present buildings were reconstructed by Takuan Soho during the Edo Period (1603 – 1868).

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 8:30 - 16:30


  • No closing days

Price / RatePrice / Rate

  • 300 yen (General, Adult)
  • 100 yen (Child)

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 15 minutes walk from JR Kita-Kamakura Station

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 8, Yamanochi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa, 247-0062


ღ リンTERVENTION! ღ  @omfg_elephant - 2014-12-20
Back at Kamakura. It's so cold and wet, ugh.
Aoi  @Szacky - 2014-12-20
That's right!Kamakura is a kind of igloo!It's shaped like a dome!
Shannon Urban  @Surban30 - 2014-12-20
Kamakura pond with trees and clouds in Tokyo, Japan • photo: aeschylus18917 on Flickr
celiあああぁぁぁぁ=汁  @mocolamocha - 2014-12-20
@fluffywabbits @KaiSeiw imagine kamakura getting his hair braided by fukawa or junko or any girl
celiあああぁぁぁぁ=汁  @mocolamocha - 2014-12-20
@fluffywabbits @KaiSeiw im not sure which is funnier kamakura getting someone to braid his hair or kamakura getting his hair stuck
@round (アラウンド鎌倉)  @around_kamakura - 2014-12-20
I posted a new photo to Facebook
sunnywinds  @sunnywindsT - 2014-12-20
This gorgeous sunlight in #Kamakura -- #Japan #summilux21 #summilux #Leica #foiga #makeanalge
Mimi  @mizuhoito - 2014-12-20
@omfg_elephant I love kamakura! I hope you enjoy enoden (train)
ღ リンTERVENTION! ღ  @omfg_elephant - 2014-12-20
On our way to Kamakura... X.x taking the train is so confusing omfg.
BeerTengoku  @TengokuBeer - 2014-12-20
#Kamakura #japan isn't only shrines. It has #craftbeer. Kamakura Pale Ale by Kamakura Beer
Japanese culture  @hitsinjapan - 2014-12-20
Katana forged before Kamakura era(1185-1333)is called Koto,and is much stronger than one forged after Kamakura era.
InstaBicycle  @InstaBicycle - 2014-12-20
Via @goofyfotter: Good morning!

#kamakura_beach365days #japan #kamakura #surf #skate #bike #bicycle #chari #chi...
K  @ortsacnerak - 2014-12-20
I'm craving sushi #Kamakura
たく  @marukokoa - 2014-12-20
weekly MARUKOKOA is out! Stories via @kamakura_ofuna @train_tokaido @nogeyamakun
Ferdinand Kiemeneij  @ferdikiem - 2014-12-20
Christmas tradition: Kamakura Live Demonstration Course. The 21st Edition!
palomino 3rd  @palomino3rd - 2014-12-20
Photo: ninetail-fox: a hiding place of Santa Claus ,Kamakura
ღ リンTERVENTION! ღ  @omfg_elephant - 2014-12-19
Off to Kamakura in the cute jumpsuit I got in Shibuya yesterday for 200 yen (second hand)!
mbs 46.7  @kamakura_panya - 2014-12-19
mbs 46.7 Xmas Week
Nick Newman  @Nick_Newman - 2014-12-19
Dick Cavett: "I discovered [Setsuko Hara’s] hideout in Kamakura, Japan, and briefly glimpsed her, refuting my cabdriver’s assurance that she
YULIO  @kraftoptical - 2014-12-19
A new favorite: Kamakura by @Taquwami on #SoundCloud



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