Places to Visit in Kanagawa: Engaku-ji Temple

Engaku-ji is one of the most important Zen Buddhist temple in Japan. It was founded in 1282 by Tokimune Hojo and is situated in Kita-Kamakura just near the railway station. This temple also ranks second amongst the five great Rinzai temples of Kamakura (鎌倉五山).

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How to get there:

Admission: 300 yen
Opening times: 8:00 ~ 17:00 (April – October) / 8:00 ~ 16:00 (November – March)

 

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engaku ji 006 Places to Visit in Kanagawa: Engaku ji TempleThe atmosphere around this small pond felt really nice and peaceful in this Winter afternoon.

 

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engaku ji 009 Places to Visit in Kanagawa: Engaku ji TempleThis bell is a National Treasure and is the largest bell in Kamakura.

 

I went there at the end of the Winter season, just after my visit to the Meigetsu-in Temple. It was a bit chilly but very bearable. There were no movement, no sound. Everything was still and I felt at peace. A must-see if you are in Kita-Kamakura!