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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.
409 Yamanouchi, Kamakura, Kanagawa
March to November: 8:00 - 16:30 December to February: 8:00 - 16:00
Open all year-round.
The temple plays a role in conveying the Zen of Japan and Muromachi culture.
A short walk from JR Kita-Kamakura Station.
20 minutes from Asahina IC on Yokohama-Yokosuka Road.
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