Kencho-ji Temple

Travel Guide - Kencho-ji Temple

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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

ClosedClosed

  • 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

Related LinksRelated Links

Address / LocationAddress / Location

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

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Lion Waltz  @lionwaltz - 2014-11-29
Good Morning.It's rainy today in Kamakura.I hope you have a nice day today.
DR. BAD TEA  @alamort - 2014-11-28
@KawaiiMess its so bad. Only good arc us kamakura which will never be finished
Japanese culture  @hitsinjapan - 2014-11-28
Katana forged before Kamakura era(1185-1333)is called Koto,and is much stronger than one forged after Kamakura era. http://t.co/obTAhv9Xra
MADISON  @Kamakura_Heiwa - 2014-11-28
@YoshikiOfficial ↓ For, it was an agreeable impression that I spoke. ↑ http://t.co/jd8u7t7lHc
MADISON  @Kamakura_Heiwa - 2014-11-28
@YoshikiOfficial ↓ By an interview, Yoshiki, for Kitty, "How do you do." "A child is cute." →↓ http://t.co/90lFvwW1tq
MADISON  @Kamakura_Heiwa - 2014-11-28
@YoshikiOfficial ↓ But I thought so, Yoshiki got thin a little, didn't he? Is a body OK? ↓ http://t.co/2Qsjpe80JZ
MADISON  @Kamakura_Heiwa - 2014-11-28
@YoshikiOfficial How is Yoshiki? Kitty who seems to be escorted Yoshiki is cute∮ , isn't he? http://t.co/4K09Bmnvef
Draaaaaven  @Draven_Bot92 - 2014-11-28
@heibon_kamakura Not Draven ! DRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVEN !
The San Roque Club  @SanRoqueClub - 2014-11-28
At #Kamakura you can enjoy a lovely atmosphere and some great food! Reserve your table now! http://t.co/dTagh82p9n
Japanese culture  @hitsinjapan - 2014-11-28
Katana forged before Kamakura era(1185-1333)is called Koto,and is much stronger than one forged after Kamakura era. http://t.co/obTAhv9Xra
Japan Collectibles  @FromJapan4You - 2014-11-28
This flower is not only beautiful but BOLD as well. http://t.co/OpWn9OdF7f
Japan Collectibles  @FromJapan4You - 2014-11-28
Nicely carved vanity box for beauties. http://t.co/Dr79i9HbfZ #kamakura
MADISON  @Kamakura_Heiwa - 2014-11-28
I'd like to meet Yoshiki. A sleeve of a kimono of request is corrected while thinking so. I make for a light up now. http://t.co/KADhZrqfXJ
New Hype Sayla  @NewtypeLady - 2014-11-28
@sayakanaya I got stung at Kamakura… felt like a tattoo.
MADISON  @Kamakura_Heiwa - 2014-11-28
@YoshikiOfficial Yoshiki, hello. You couldn't go to "Sanrio Whir Rowland", take care, do you have time? Please be careful of the flu.
Jeanell VanDusen  @RPI_Jeanell - 2014-11-28
Some Japanese kids just asked us to be in their picture with them. So awesome! #kamakura #daibutsu #japan
Al Garretson  @bloggernott - 2014-11-28
The Al Garretson Daily is out! http://t.co/RqpPmwUkHA Stories via @smqueue @lola_clau @kamakura_ofuna
Japanese culture  @hitsinjapan - 2014-11-28
Katana forged before Kamakura era(1185-1333)is called Koto,and is much stronger than one forged after Kamakura era. http://t.co/obTAhv9Xra
Nan@漱石系女子  @NaNNN_fun - 2014-11-27
He has a great house at Nara but doesn't have his own house at Kamakura...
J's trip bar ...  @jstbar - 2014-11-27
Good morning🌅 #glassy #glasslove #weakswell #tgif #planetearth #love & #peace #kamakura #yuigahama http://t.co/JyvaeR2tNZ
Priya Buldeo  @Priya_Buldeo - 2014-11-27
@_BuddhaQuotes I ❤ your avatar! It was such a Blessing to be in Japan and touch, worship (and go inside of) The Great Buddha of Kamakura. 🙏
Japanese culture  @hitsinjapan - 2014-11-27
Katana forged before Kamakura era(1185-1333)is called Koto,and is much stronger than one forged after Kamakura era. http://t.co/obTAhv9Xra
Phantomladyjp  @phantomladyjp - 2014-11-27
Weather permitting, shoot some photos in Kamakura area. wondering if maples turned red already?
Martin Verge-Ostiguy  @tasuki49 - 2014-11-27
Absolutely awesome Hasedera in Kamakura. https://t.co/zliPHbNlcZ
Martin Verge-Ostiguy  @tasuki49 - 2014-11-27
Absolutely awesome Hasedera in Kamakura. https://t.co/IdDUdlEEv4 https://t.co/zliPHbNlcZ
Blackbird❤Blackbird  @BLCKBRDBLCKBRD - 2014-11-27
A new favorite: Kamakura by @Taquwami https://t.co/HBuxXJuyY4 on #SoundCloud
安達 力 (T.Adachi)  @DJ_APATCH - 2014-11-27
Materials:Enkianthus, Asparagus and Mum Container:Ceramic ware from Seto(Kamakura period) #花 #flower #ikebana #いけばな http://t.co/cdj3kBSRIz
ReinBo8  @Reinbo8 - 2014-11-27
Spectacularly huge. #kamakura #buddha #鎌倉 #大仏 #japan http://t.co/xwIENSdqHB
Ewmi (E-HOPE)  @honeyyy0118 - 2014-11-27
@sandhya_suika IKR IM LITERALLY ON MY WAY TO KAMAKURA WHAT EVEN
ICP Kamakura  @ICPkamakura - 2014-11-27
A view from graveyard behind Jomyoji temple, Kamakura, today. http://t.co/wicVk8Bs3k



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