Kencho-ji Temple

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

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Address / LocationAddress / Location

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



Airi Yoshikawa  @P2014AiriY - 2014-10-01
I went to Enoshima. beach,Shin-Enoshima aquarium,Egg's things,Kamakura and Iwaya. It was very fun!!
Alex Williams  @alexandermensa - 2014-10-01
@chibicode Thanks! We work a lot from the Kamakura space as well. You should visit here too, the weather and view is amazing.
SakuraHotelHatagaya  @hatagaya_hotel - 2014-10-01
KAMAKURA is good for sightseeing :)
Kenneth Armitage  @Dinostratus - 2014-10-01
@BBCWorld @BBCNewsMagazine Japan beautiful country. Remember walking on deserted sandy beach Kamakura some years ago. Place clean and quiet
Kenneth Armitage  @Dinostratus - 2014-10-01
@BBCNewsAsia @BBCWorld @BBCNewsMagazine remember walking along completely empty sandy beach Kamakura some years ago, place spotless/quiet
富士山(Mount Fuji)  @Fujidelic - 2014-10-01
「Enoshima & Mt. Fuji」   More info: #fujidelic
Towa∮Moon-Jerry  @Kamakura_Heiwa - 2014-10-01
■--- X JAPAN ---■ =============== ■--- WORLD TOUR 2014 at YOKOHAMA AREANA ---■
Japanese culture  @hitsinjapan - 2014-10-01
Katana forged before Kamakura era(1185-1333)is called Koto,and is much stronger than one forged after Kamakura era.
Travel Freak  @FreakOutOfTown - 2014-10-01
The Surprising Truth Behind the Great Buddha of Kamakura
CiSAVES.COM  @CiSAVES - 2014-10-01
Just a few hours left to get Kamkaura #champaign gift certificates 1/2 price #uiuc #illini
BeerTengoku  @TengokuBeer - 2014-10-01
Brewery details and checklist for #Kamakura Beer, a #microbrewery that deserves more attention.
cat witch  @thekittyplushie - 2014-09-30
I'm a romantic at heart because I like the idyllic and poetic writing of the Heian period more than the samurai of the Kamakura period.
Miho Okada  @mihodayo_ - 2014-09-30
@owlcity welcome to JAPAN!;) My favorite place is KAMAKURA. I recommend to go there but I don't know what you like there... ENJOY JAPAN!
mac  @mariaucam - 2014-09-30
Great bouddha !! 11m de haut et 220 tonnes @ Kamakura Big Buddha
PPA Partners LLC  @ppapartners - 2014-09-30
PPA Partners Daily is out! Stories via @Kamakura_Heiwa @enertweets
小林サンポ@night Crawler  @sanpo753 - 2014-09-30
@sanpo753 Shakujii Park at night, 1. If you think it's a pond Square strangely, here traces of the moat there is a castle Kamakura era.
Heidi Merrick  @HeidiMerrick - 2014-09-30
My favorite piece from Fall right now.
Japanese culture  @hitsinjapan - 2014-09-30
Katana forged before Kamakura era(1185-1333)is called Koto,and is much stronger than one forged after Kamakura era.
Kamakura Corporation  @KamakuraCo - 2014-09-30
Kamakura Troubled Company Index Jumps 0.20%, Finally Slips To 98th Percentile $AGG $BND $BOND via @salphatrending
小烏丸兼任小隼丸  @kogarasumaru0 - 2014-09-30
@kamakura_sayumi good night
CiSAVES.COM  @CiSAVES - 2014-09-30
LAST CALL! Pay just $10 for $20 worth of food and drink at Kamakura Japanese Restaurant #champaign #uiuc #illini
Fillyjonk  @song_so_ng_song - 2014-09-30
Tsurezuregusa written in the Kamakura period stated that something perfect is not good at all.
Sina K-S  @hotchocopanda - 2014-09-30
Secret Smile just came on in work. Flashbacks of Kamakura beach galore :'))
CiSAVES.COM  @CiSAVES - 2014-09-30
Lots of great 1/2 price sales end today including Kamakura #champaign #uiuc. Link to sale in comments
Life 店主  @Life_Kamakura - 2014-09-30
We will resume from 9:00 8 October.☕️ @ New place of "Life"
viridi apologist  @RadicalSlams - 2014-09-30
izuru kamakura is pretty good, but their tying together of hinata and izuru is ATROCIOUS
Abby アビー  @diclonius_abby - 2014-09-30
"...When today was over... and tomorrow came... I thought I could finally... Have a happy life here in Kamakura..."
Japanese culture  @hitsinjapan - 2014-09-30
Katana forged before Kamakura era(1185-1333)is called Koto,and is much stronger than one forged after Kamakura era.
jabbler  @jabbler - 2014-09-30
@kanimayo_t Have a great time in Kamakura. Take some pictures and share please :)
Shawn Pimental  @shawnpimental - 2014-09-30
Today was take your child to work day. Thank you Daddy kealiireichel @ Kamakura Performing Arts Center