Engaku-ji Temple
Engaku-ji Temple
Engaku-ji Temple
Engaku-ji Temple
Engaku-ji Temple
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The temple was founded in the latter half of the Kamakura period in 1282 by a Zen monk, Mugaku Sogen, from China's Song dynasty at the request of then ruler of Japan, Hojo Tokimune. The name originated from Engaku-kyo, a Mahayana Buddhism sutra which was excavated at the time of construction. In the Muromachi period (1336 – 1573), the temple played a central role in conveying the Zen of Japan and was said to have an impact on Muromachi culture. The Zazen mediation is open to public and popular Japanese author Natsume Sosek had once participated in the session.

  • Address

    409 Yamanouchi, Kamakura, Kanagawa

    Local map

  • Entry fee

    -

  • Opening Hours

    March to November: 8:00 - 16:30
    December to February: 8:00 - 16:00

  • Closed

    Open all year-round.

  • Website

    http://www.engakuji.or.jp/top.html

  • Best Season

    All year

  • Point

    The temple plays a role in conveying the Zen of Japan and Muromachi culture.

  • Nearest Station/IC Access

    A short walk from JR Kita-Kamakura Station.

    20 minutes from Asahina IC on Yokohama-Yokosuka Road.

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