How to get to Engakuji Temple

About Engakuji Temple

The name of the temple comes from the Mahayana Sutra, “The Sutra of the Elements,” and was built at the end of the 13th century. The temple was founded by the Zen master Mugaku Zuoto, who came from the Southern Song Dynasty in China, and was initiated by the ruler of the time, Hojo Tokimune, whose father, Hojo Tokiyori, was also a devout Buddhist, and the father and son had a lot to do with the development of Buddhism in Kamakura throughout its history. In addition, Suzuki Daizo, who succeeded in bringing Japanese Zen to the West in the 20th century, also studied Zen here as a young man.

How to get there

From Tokyo and Yokohama, take the JR Yokota Line to “Kita-Kamakura Station” and walk for 1 minute.

409 Yamanouchi, Kamakura City

Official web page


I was one of the first to enter the temple in the morning, and basically there were only two visitors, my companion and I. There are not many flowers to enjoy here during the purple sun flower season, but the greenery is very dense and full of greenery, which makes the mind calm and the garden extremely beautiful.

I got off from Kamakura North Station and got off the train at Yuanjueji Temple, but I didn’t go in, but later I found out that it was the temple of Hojo Tokimune. There is a bit of history, so you should go in and see it. I should go there again next time I have the chance.
The temple is the second of the five mountains in Kamakura, and the first ranked Kenchoji Temple. The founder of Kenchoji Temple, Lanxi Daolong of the Southern Song Dynasty of China, was also supposed to come here as an abbot, but he passed away before the completion of Yuanjueji Temple.

At that time, Hojo was so spirited that he could not think of the future. Kitakamakura is just out of the station. It is a good starting point.

It is quiet and peaceful. This is the main temple of the Tendai sect, does it mean that the Tendai sect in Japan started here? I also met an old beauty, meditating in the courtyard, and I saw that she often practiced.

Passed by on the way to Akatsuki-in from Kitakamakura, it seems that the day also held some kind of puja, too many temples to see in Japan did not go in

Next to Kitakamakura station, a quiet temple, follow Google Maps and take the path you may not even buy a ticket to enter (like me)

I visited the temple during the plum rains of the hydrangea season, and there was a patch of superb flowers, the largest hydrangea I saw this time.

It was the largest hydrangea I saw. It is already a large temple in Kamakura in terms of area. There are many places to visit inside the temple and the garden is beautiful. We went on a Sunday morning and there were not many visitors.

The temple is located across the street from Kita-Kamakura station, so it’s easy to get to Yokohama by car after visiting.
Kamakura is a well-known temple, there is a relic temple is a national treasure, but you can only look outside the door. The temple is a small one, but also across the fence, the treasure seems to be very well hidden Oh.


The entrance fee is 300 yen, and the whole temple is quite large.

In winter, you can’t see the red leaves, the color is a bit monotonous, but unexpectedly there are peach cherry blossoms have begun to open, it feels like a bright spring.

Because I bought a one-day ticket for Odakyu + Enoden from Shinjuku, I had to take an extra jr from Kamakura to Kitakamakura.
\r built in the Kamakura shogunate period, Yuanjueji Temple ~ the environment is extremely quiet, you can imagine the red leaf season is even more wonderful. You can simply stay and practice. Here is also buried Ozu Yasujiro master, but unfortunately the cemetery is not very convenient to set foot.

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