Hokoku temple, located in Kamakura, is famous as the bamboo temple and attracts not only local tourists but many international visitors each year.
Setting foot inside the grounds gives off a relaxed atmosphere, deepened by the bamboo and Japanese gardens as well as Kyoku-an, a traditional tea house.
Enjoying green tea at Kyoku-an and leisurely taking in the bamboo trees is a relaxing way to spend the time. The beautiful Japanese garden with its dry landscaping, known as 'karesansui' in Japanese, allows you to feel the essence of Japanese culture with its small stones. This is a traditional garden technique from a long time ago. You can feel the heart of “Zen” and “Wabi sabi” here.
Ashikaga Takauji Ashikaga Ietoki
Said to have been established in 1334 by the Buddhist monk Tengan Eko, Hokoku Temple is also thought to be have been built by Uesugi Shigekane with the support of Ashikaga Ietoki, grandfather of the first shogun of the Muromachi period, Ashikaga Takauji.
The temple is not only recognised in Japan thanks to it being registered as one of the 'Kamakura 33 Kannon sacred sites,' but has also been recognised abroad by being awarded three stars as part of France's Michelin Green Guide Japan.
It is very popular, especially during the summer season when visiting allows you to feel coller within the grove. Sugimoto Temple and Egaraten Shrine, which are historical buildings nearby and not far from Kamakura Station, are also worth a visit.
If you want to witness some beautiful bamboo groves and enjoy Japanese gardens, Hokoku Temple is one of the best places to visit. When you do go, try visiting in the morning. where you can truly enjoy the calm atmosphere and tasteful green tea.
Hokoku Temple is a great experience allowing you to enjoy Japan through the beautiful Kamakura.
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