Kita-Kamakura’s Engaku-ji Temple

Huge complex of temple buildings, gardens & statues

By Tomoko Kamishima    - 1 min read

This complex of temples has a long pavement leading into the inner grounds. Zen temples usually place their buildings in a line, and Engaku-ji is no exception. The main buildings are lined up along the center and the other 19 temples stand on both sides. In 1282 Hojo Tokimune (8th Regency of Kamakura Shogunate) established this temple for the repose of soldiers in the fight against old China in 1274 and 1281. Engaku-ji gained its central position in Japanese Zen with many famous priests, such as Muso Soseki. Its temple bell, at 2.5 meters, is the largest in Kamakura.

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Tomoko Kamishima

Tomoko Kamishima @tomoko.kamishima

Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS:  An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here.  日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。