Kencho-ji Temple

Kencho-ji Temple

InformationInformation

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

RecommendedRecommended


TweetsTweets

Alex Caceres  @BruceLeeroyGlow - 2014-09-23
#instacollage and three #boshidobrown #afrosamurie #kamakura with @yah_sweetheart http://t.co/Y8lZtPL0zI
  @yyuuiixx - 2014-09-23
I went to Kamakura today:) http://t.co/v87Fd41ffv
Alex Caceres  @BruceLeeroyGlow - 2014-09-23
#instacollage temples in #kamakura part one http://t.co/v5goTaWAAo
Kira  @beyonddusk - 2014-09-23
Kamakura today, Enoshima next time!! :D
Momspennies   @momspennies - 2014-09-23
Autumn colors in Kamakura, Japan http://t.co/PrRFo36bJv I have lived here, Great Memories of my time there! http://t.co/fe5sC1JYyb
J's trip bar ...  @jstbar - 2014-09-23
Good day☺︎ #sunset #love & #peace #kamakura #shichirigahama #planetearth http://t.co/nSIBYvzCmy
ICP Kamakura  @ICPkamakura - 2014-09-23
Made me feel uneasy at the entrance of grave for imperial prince Morinaga, 5 min from Kamakura-guu shrine, Kamakura. http://t.co/UTGTI30bMG
Life 店主  @Life_Kamakura - 2014-09-23
Our new place of near future. 8 @ New place of "Life" http://t.co/g7OVMchEci
Japanese culture  @hitsinjapan - 2014-09-23
Katana forged before Kamakura era(1185-1333)is called Koto,and is much stronger than one forged after Kamakura era. http://t.co/obTAhv9Xra
Momspennies   @momspennies - 2014-09-23
Autumn colors in Kamakura, Japan http://t.co/PrRFo36bJv I have lived here, Great Memories of my time there! http://t.co/fe5sC1JYyb
Anthony Davis  @ozAntinnippon - 2014-09-23
Dog escapes beating? MT @japanfax: TO: KAMAKURA FR: MINST OF ELIMINATING FUN RE: CONGRATS YOUR POSTER WINS TOP PRIZE http://t.co/QH9nVEGjmB
blendergogo  @blendergogo - 2014-09-23
The coffee shop #kamakura http://t.co/lwHJNC8EoO
blendergogo  @blendergogo - 2014-09-23
matcha at bamboo garden #kamakura http://t.co/t9Ym0tNSwG
D.Jones   @CND_MARINO - 2014-09-23
“@japanfax: TO: KAMAKURA FR: MINST OF ELIMINATING FUN RE: CONGRATS YOUR POSTER WINS TOP PRIZE! http://t.co/zQf0LLkGOb” #NoTats
Ministry日本  @japanfax - 2014-09-23
TO: KAMAKURA FR: MINST OF ELIMINATING FUN RE: CONGRATS YOUR POSTER WINS TOP PRIZE! NO PETS IN THE WATER IS A SCREAM. http://t.co/AU4q5X595u
Kristiana  @kristianapo - 2014-09-23
@ANNEdrewapig it's the timeline about the kamakura shogunate!!! if u have notes, this will be easy enough 😛
Miguel Arbe  @Marbe77 - 2014-09-22
Wonderful fire shaped tree in Kamakura Hachiman #japantree #fireshape #holidays http://t.co/65WbFBmXR8
Japanese culture  @hitsinjapan - 2014-09-22
Katana forged before Kamakura era(1185-1333)is called Koto,and is much stronger than one forged after Kamakura era. http://t.co/obTAhv9Xra
Mike Rooke  @urlme - 2014-09-22
Trains and zen temples. https://t.co/hhN4kNRIMy
Urvashi Roe  @BotanicalBaker - 2014-09-22
@gardening_greek miss music on train platforms, proper cold coffee with sugar syrup, the pottery at kamakura, the okonomiyaki in kichijoji
Abby アビー  @diclonius_abby - 2014-09-22
"...When today was over... and tomorrow came... I thought I could finally... Have a happy life here in Kamakura..."
Lyrical Vintage  @DeborahMosca2 - 2014-09-22
Kamakurabori Carved Rectangular Serving Tray by LyricalVintage http://t.co/mRZK59E4Zj via @Etsy
Life 店主  @Life_Kamakura - 2014-09-22
Our new place of near future. 5 (´・_・`) Stairs is temporary now. @ New place of "Life" http://t.co/hya39rIZlm
Japanese culture  @hitsinjapan - 2014-09-22
Katana forged before Kamakura era(1185-1333)is called Koto,and is much stronger than one forged after Kamakura era. http://t.co/obTAhv9Xra
Paul Lux  @PaulLuxSartoria - 2014-09-22
Photoset: MTM suit by Ohnona Kamakura shirt Charvet tie Charvet PS John Lobb shoes http://t.co/achJqYBT76
CiSAVES.COM  @CiSAVES - 2014-09-22
Pay just $10 for $20 worth of food and drink at Kamakura Japanese Restaurant in #Champaign #uiuc #illini #chambana http://t.co/WPL7yClvJJ
CiSAVES.COM  @CiSAVES - 2014-09-22
Kamakura #champaign gift certificates 1/2 price. Link to sale in comments. #uiuc #illini #chambana.
Joakim Akterhall  @FollowAkke - 2014-09-22
Found this lovely beach when we went to visit a Buddha statue in Kamakura (which is a city not too far… http://t.co/x2bGUrEvmE
パテY  @fairymeetswitch - 2014-09-22
Roamed #Kamakura today!! http://t.co/KLqaim2vhG
GK  @gallerykuri - 2014-09-22
@danigurgel I love your new album. I'm looking forward to your talk show & live in Kamakura.



Top