How to get to Kenchoji Temple

About Kenchoji Temple

Kenchoji is the main temple of the Kencho sect of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism. It ranks first among the five Zen temples in Kamakura. It was built in 1253 by Tokiyori Hojo. It is the oldest Zen temple in Japan and the first temple established in Kamakura. The first abbot was Rangikei Michiru, a Zen Buddhist monk from China. Behind the main hall (Dharma Hall) you can see a very nice Zen garden. The temple bell (Bansho) has been designated as a national treasure.

How to get there

Take the JR Yokosuka Line (Yokosuka Line) to Kita Kamakura Station (Kita Kamakura Station), about a 15-minute walk away.

8 Yamanouchi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa

Official web page


Kamakura is also considered the ancient capital of Japan, and there are many temples.
The original arrangement was to walk away from the four temples in one afternoon, because of the wrong decision, dragging suitcases is really cumbersome, and finally cut out the Hoya Temple.
Kamakura is not a big place, and the temples are basically connected, so it’s easy to walk around, and the traffic is still quite easy.
The first abbot was a Chinese monk from the past.


Opening hours.
Adults 300 yen, children 100 yen.

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