Kamakura's Takedera in December

Bamboo temple, Hokokuji, on an early winter afternoon

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read

I often visit Kamakura, and in fact I was once lucky enough to live there for 15 years. Hokokuji Temple, also known as Takedera - the Bamboo Temple - is a must visit each and every time I am in the area. It is that special. Bamboo flourishes in Japan, but it is rare to find such a splendid grove of bamboo trees like the grove here at Hokokuji. I recommend visiting the temple early in the morning or in the late afternoon when the angle of the sun is just right, and the shadows are doing wonderful things. And when you are buying your ticket at the entrance, be sure to spend a few hundred yen more on the green matcha tea service. Sit and watch and listen and know that you are indeed in Japan!

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: www.larryknipfing.com Contact me: larry.knipfing@japantravel.com