Engaku-ji Temple, Kamakura

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A huge Rinzai Zen complex, Engaku-ji Temple houses several national treasures, including a 2.5 m (8 ft) tall great bell from 1301, and a purported tooth of the Buddha. Founded in 1282 by a Chinese Zen monk following an unsuccessful invasion of Japan by Kublai Khan, the site features multiple buildings spread over large landscaped grounds. Once you pass the impressive Sanmon Gate at the top of the long flight of steps, you can walk between a range of areas to check out various shrines. Stop off at the tea house within the temple, which sits a short walk from Kita-Kamakura station. To visit Engaku-ji Temple on your trip to Kamakura, use our Kamakura trip itinerary planner.
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  • At only 100 meters from the station is this quiet temple. In itself also a nice starting point because you can visit two beautiful locations including Kenjo Ji with bus line 2 on the other side of the track. And from the terminus of the line, the station of Kamakura you can continue by bus, bike or on foot. This temple is very special. A large entrance, beautiful buildings, but also many nice little details all the way behind in the complex. E.g. in a stump carved a Buddha. A small bronze statue and completely behind in another small sanctuary. Worth the effort.
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  • There is the entrance of Enkakuji Temple in front of the station in Kita Kamakura of JR and right next to the railway line. From here, the gate which corresponds to the entrance at the end of the stairs is the main gate. The autumn leaves from this stairway to the gate were very beautiful this season. On the way back from Enmeijitemple, the autumn leaves overlooking from this gate were also beautiful.
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