Kencho-ji Temple

Kencho-ji is a typical temple in the city of Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, and has a bell designated a National Treasure. The garden of the temple is designated a National Scenic Beauty spot. Hojo Tokiyori, supreme commander of the shogunate in Kamakura in the 13th century, invited the Chinese high priest Rankei Doryu to the region to establish the temple in 1253. Kencho-ji was Japans first seminary exclusively for Buddhist priests of the Zen sect. Buildings here are arranged in the Chinese fashion, confirming the influence of Chinese culture. The ancient juniper tree planted in front of the sanctum is said to be 730 years old, and is a reminder to visitors of the long history of the temple.’


8 Yamanouchi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Admission Fee
300 yen (regular fee)
[Walk]JR Kita-Kamakura Station/On foot/15 min.

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