Spend a quiet moment in a bamboo grove, and extend your heart to the perpetual time at an old temple
Hokoku-ji Temple is also called “Take-dera (bamboo temple)” as it is famous for the beautiful bamboo grove behind the main hall. About 2000 thick and fine moso bamboos are growing densely and vigorously towards the sky. It is a sight to see. Walking on the approach in the sunshine streaming through leaves will delight your five senses.
This temple was founded in 1334 and later flourished as the family temple of both the Ashikaga and Uesugi clans. The principle image is Shakanyorai statue which is housed in a sacred hall. The temple has many temple treasures designated as important cultural properties such as Butsujo-zenji statue. They are housed in the Kamakura Museum of National Treasures at Tsurugaoka-hachimangu Shrine.
The main hall of Hokokuji-Temple originally had a straw roof. However, it was destroyed by the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. Today, only the bell tower has a straw roof and adds a quaint flavor to the scene.
There is a stone garden small but has a nice Zen temple atmosphere with mossy stones. This temple offers a wonderful view which can be found only in old temples. It also has old trees such as winter jasmine trees and winter cherry trees and is loved as a temple of flowers.
Behind the main hall, there once was an annex in which Butsujo-zenji who founded this temple used to have Buddhist training and write poems. The site of annex is where a bamboo grove is now. Today, there is a teahouse and you can enjoy powdered green tea there.
There are historical and old temples around Hokoku-ji Temple such as Sugimoto-dera Temple known as the oldest temple in Kamakura and Jomyo-ji Temple, one of the Five Great Zen Temples of Kamakura. Enjoy visiting old temples along the Kamakura-Kaido Street.
Address: 2-7−4, Jomyo-ji, Kamakura-city, Kanagawa
Hours open to visitors: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission Fee: 200 yen
[Rail]About 55-min by JR Yokosuka Line from Tokyo Station to Kamakura Station, 30-min walk from Kamakura Station, 15-min by Keikyu bus from Kamakura Station to Jomyo-ji, 3-min walk from Jomyo-ji