33 Sights in Kamakura, Japan (with Map and Images)

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Here you can find interesting sights in Kamakura, Japan. Click on a marker on the map to view details about the sight. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 33 sights are available in Kamakura, Japan.

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1. zeniarai benzaiten

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Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine , popularly known simply as Zeniarai Benten, is a Shinto shrine in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. In spite of its small size, it is the second most popular spot in Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture after Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū. Zeniarai Benzaiten is popular among tourists because the waters of a spring in its cave are said to be able to multiply the money washed in it. The object of worship is a syncretic kami which fuses a traditional spirit called Ugafukujin (宇賀福神) with the Buddhist goddess of Indian origin Sarasvati, known in Japanese as Benzaiten. The shrine is one of the minority in Japan which still shows the fusion of native religious beliefs and foreign Buddhism which was normal before the Meiji restoration. Zeniarai Benzaiten used to be an external massha of Ōgigayatsu's Yazaka Daijin (八坂大神), but became independent in 1970 under its present name.

Wikipedia: Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine (EN)

2. Chōjuji Temple

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Hōkizan Chōju Zenji (宝亀山長寿禅寺) is a Rinzai Buddhist temple of the Kenchō-ji school in Yamanouchi, near Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It lies between two Kita-Kamakura landmarks, the entrance of the Kamegayatsu Pass and Kenchō-ji, the oldest Zen monastery in Japan. Chōju-ji is one of two bodaiji (菩提寺), or funeral temples, dedicated to Ashikaga Takauji, founder of the dynasty of shōguns that carries his name. In its garden there are a gorintō dedicated to the shōgun and a hōkyōintō containing some of his hair. Chōju-ji has recently opened for the first time its doors, and receives visitors from Friday to Sunday, 10 AM to 3 PM. The temple allows the use of pocket cameras, however professional and semiprofessional equipment are forbidden, the reason being that visitors should not visit the temple to take photographs.

Wikipedia: Chōju-ji (Kamakura) (EN)

3. 宝戒寺

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Kinryūzan Shakuman-in Endon Hōkai-ji (金龍山釈満院円頓宝戒寺) is a Buddhist temple in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Often called Hagidera (萩寺), or "bush-clover temple", because those flowers are numerous in its garden, its existence is directly linked to a famous tragedy that on July 4, 1333 wiped out almost the entire Hōjō clan, ruler of Japan for 135 years. The temple was founded expressly to enshrine the souls of the 870 members of the clan who, in accordance with the samurai code of honor, committed suicide on that day at their family temple (bodaiji) of Tōshō-ji to escape defeat. Together with ancient Sugimoto-dera, Hōkai-ji is the only temple of the Tendai denomination in Kamakura. Formerly a branch temple of the great Kan'ei-ji, after its destruction it became a branch of Enryaku-ji.

Wikipedia: Hōkai-ji (EN)

4. Jōmyōji Temple

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Tōkasan Jōmyō Zenji (稲荷山浄妙寺) is a Zen Buddhist temple of the Rinzai sect, Kenchō-ji school, in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Jōmyō-ji is Number Five of the five temples known as Kamakura Gozan, and the only one of the five not founded by a member of the Hōjō clan. Jōmyō-ji has instead, as nearby Zuisen-ji, deep ties with the Ashikaga clan, and was one of the family's funeral temples (bodaiji). For this reason the family's kamon, or crest, is ubiquitous on its premises. The first three characters of its full name mean "Inari mountain", presumably from the hill of the same name where it stands, in its turn named after an ancient Inari myth. Jōmyō-ji has given its name to the surrounding area, the characters for which have been however deliberately changed from 浄妙寺 to 浄明寺.

Wikipedia: Jōmyō-ji (EN)

5. Kakuonji temple

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Jueyuan Temple is a Buddhist temple of Quanyong Temple Sect of True Word Sect located in the Second Order Hall of Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture. The mountain is Jiufeng Mountain. This statue is the three pharmacists. When the founder was Beitiaozhen, the founder was Zhihai Xinhui. Kamakura shogunate came to power, and the monasteries respected by Beitiao family in past dynasties. Extending northward from Kanazawa Street, which connects Sagami and Musashi, it is located in the depths of Guhu. The natural environment in and around the courtyard is well protected, and it is considered to be one of the monasteries that can best retain the appearance of Kamakura before urbanization. The courtyard is designated as a national historical site.

Wikipedia: 覚園寺 (JA)

6. Tokei-ji

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Shōkozan Tōkei-ji (松岡山東慶寺), also known as Kakekomi-dera (駆け込み寺) or Enkiri-dera (縁切り寺), is a Buddhist temple and a former nunnery, the only survivor of a network of five nunneries called Amagozan (尼五山), in the city of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It is part of the Rinzai school of Zen's Engaku-ji branch, and was opened by Hōjō Sadatoki in 1285. It is best known as a historic refuge for women who were abused by their husbands. It is for this reason sometimes referred to as the "Divorce Temple".

Wikipedia: Tōkei-ji (EN)

7. 鎌倉文学館

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The Kamakura Museum of Literature is a small museum in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, that contains material about writers who have lived, died, or were active in the city of Kamakura itself. The museum displays personal effects, manuscripts, first editions, and documents owned by well over a hundred writers of Japanese literature, including Natsume Sōseki and Kawabata Yasunari, as well as film director Yasujirō Ozu. The villa that hosts the museum, its large garden and its rose garden are also of great interest.

Wikipedia: Kamakura Museum of Literature (EN)

8. Kamakura Museum of National Treasures

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The Kamakura Museum of National Treasures or Kamakura Museum or Kamakura National Treasure House is a museum located on the grounds of Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū in Yukinoshita, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The museum houses around 4800 objects from the Kamakura region including sculptures, paintings and industrial art objects. Most of these works originate from the Kamakura and Muromachi periods, spanning from the 12th to the 16th century. Some of the items were produced in China and imported to Japan.

Wikipedia: Kamakura Museum of National Treasures (EN)

9. Sugimotodera-Temple

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Sugimoto-dera is a Buddhist temple in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, one of the oldest temples in Kamakura and, together with Hōkai-ji, the only one of the Tendai denomination. The temple is Number one of the Bandō Sanjūsankasho pilgrimage circuit. Two of the three statues of goddess Kannon it enshrines are Important Cultural Properties. Sugimotodera is nicknamed Geba Kannon, because horsemen never failed to dismount from their steeds when they passed by. The temple is a branch temple of Hōkai-ji.

Wikipedia: Sugimoto-dera (EN)

10. Jokomyoji Temple

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Jingguangming Temple is a temple of Quanyong Temple Sect of True Word Sect located in Fanjia Valley, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture. The mountain name is Quangu Mountain. The founder was Beitiao Changshi. It's true to start a mountain. This deity is Amitabha Buddha. This is a temple with deep roots with Beitiao and Zuli. It is said that Zuli Zunshi lived in seclusion in this temple before he told Emperor dispatch troops. No.82 of the eighty-eight spiritual fields in the east of the new four countries.

Wikipedia: 浄光明寺 (JA)

11. 畠山重保墓

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Hatakeyama Rokurō Shigeyasu (畠山六郎重保) was a Kamakura period warrior who fell victim of political intrigue in 1205. The grave under a tabu no ki tree near the Yuigahama end of Wakamiya Ōji Avenue in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan and next to Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū's first torii is traditionally supposed to be his. It is an Important Cultural Property and a famous example of hōkyōintō. Famous for the quality of its manufacture, the hōkyōintō' is 3.45 m tall and is made of andesite.

Wikipedia: Hatakeyama Shigeyasu's grave (EN)

12. Jufuku-ji

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Kikokuzan Kongō Jufuku Zenji (亀谷山金剛寿福禅寺), usually known as Jufuku-ji, is a temple of the Kenchō-ji branch of the Rinzai sect and the oldest Zen temple in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Ranked third among Kamakura's prestigious Five Mountains, it is number 24 among the Thirty-Three Kamakura Kannon pilgrimage temples and number 18 of the Kamakura Nijūyon Jizō (鎌倉二十四地蔵) temples. Its main object of worship is Shaka Nyorai.

Wikipedia: Jufuku-ji (EN)

13. Enno-ji

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Ennoji Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Rinzai sect Kenchoji sect located in Yamanouchi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Kaizan is also said to be Kuwata Michikai (Chikaku Zen master), but it is unknown. The mountain number is Mt. Nii. It is known for the statues of Enma made in the Kamakura period and the statues of the Ten Kings of the Underworld, and is also known as "Nii Enma-do" and "Juou-do".

Wikipedia: 円応寺 (JA)

14. Kenchō-ji Temple

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Kenchō-ji (建長寺) is a Rinzai Zen temple in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, which ranks first among Kamakura's so-called Five Great Zen Temples and is the oldest Zen training monastery in Japan. These temples were at the top of the Five Mountain System, a network of Zen temples started by the Hōjō Regents. Still very large, it originally had a full shichidō garan and 49 subtemples.

Wikipedia: Kenchō-ji (EN)

15. 安養院

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Gionzan An’yō-in Chōraku-ji (祇園山安養院長楽寺) is a Jōdo shū Buddhist temple in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan. Famous for its rhododendrons, it was named after its founder's posthumous name. The main object of worship is Amida Nyorai, but it also enshrines Senju Kannon, Goddess of Mercy. An’yō-in is Number three of the 33 temples of the Bandō Sanjūsankasho pilgrimage circuit.

Wikipedia: An'yō-in (Kamakura) (EN)

16. Ryūkō-ji (Fujisawa)

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Ryūkō-ji (龍口寺) is a temple of the Nichiren Shū in the city of Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It stands on the site of the former Tatsukuchi Execution Grounds, and its name uses the same two kanji meaning "dragon mouth"(龍口). It was here that Nichiren, namesake of the Buddhist sect, was to have been executed. It was founded in 1337 by Nippō, a disciple of Nichiren.

Wikipedia: Ryūkō-ji (Fujisawa) (EN)

17. Kamakura-Gu Shrine

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Kamakura-gū (鎌倉宮) is a shrine in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It was erected by Emperor Meiji in 1869 to enshrine the spirit of Prince Morinaga, who was imprisoned and later executed where the shrine now stands in 1335 by order of Ashikaga Tadayoshi. For this reason, the shrine is also known as Ōtōnomiya or Daitōnomiya (大塔宮) from the Prince's full name.

Wikipedia: Kamakura-gū (EN)

18. Hongaku-ji Temple

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Hongakuji Temple (本覚寺) is the main temple of Nichiren Buddhism located in Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The mountain number is Myogonzan. The main statue is a statue of Shakyamuni. It is also called "Higashi Minobu" because it divided the remains of Nichiren at Kuonji Temple on Mount Minobu. It is located near Kamakura Station.

Wikipedia: 本覚寺 (鎌倉市) (JA)

19. 甘縄神明神社

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Amanawa Shinmei Shrine was founded in 710 and is the oldest Shinto shrine in Kamakura. It is dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu. According to the ancient document History of Amanawa-ji Shinmei-gū kept by the shrine, the founder of the shrine is famous priest Gyōki; a powerful and rich man named Tokitada Someya supported the construction.

Wikipedia: Amanawa Shinmei Shrine (EN)

20. Jochiji Temple

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Kinpōzan Jōchi-ji (金宝山浄智寺) is a Buddhist Zen temple in Kita-Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It belongs to the Engaku-ji school of the Rinzai sect and is ranked fourth among Kamakura's Five Mountains. The main objects of worship are the three statues of Shaka, Miroku and Amida Nyorai visible inside the main hall.

Wikipedia: Jōchi-ji (EN)

21. Myo-an-ji

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Miaochuan Temple is a Rilianzong Temple located in Fanjia Valley, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture. The mountain number is Duobaogu Mountain. The old mountain is Meisong Lianyong Temple. It is said that the courtyard is the site of Quangu Duobao Temple, which was founded in the second year of Hongchang (1262).

Wikipedia: 妙伝寺 (鎌倉市) (JA)

22. Meigetsuin Temple

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Fugenzan Meigetsu-in (福源山明月院) is a Rinzai Zen temple of the Kenchō-ji school in Kita-Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan. Famous for its hydrangeas, it's also known as The Temple of Hydrangeas (ajisai-dera). The main object of worship is goddess Shō Kannon (聖観音).

Wikipedia: Meigetsu-in (EN)

23. Tsurugaoka Hachimangü Shrine

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Tsurugaoka Hachimangū (鶴岡八幡宮) is the most important Shinto shrine in the city of Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The shrine is a cultural center of the city of Kamakura and serves as the venue of many of its most important festivals with two museums.

Wikipedia: Tsurugaoka Hachimangū (EN)

24. 東漸寺

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Tōzenji Temple (東漸寺) is a Nichiren Buddhist temple located in Koshigoe, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The former main mountain is the main temple of the Great Honzan Hokke Sutra Temple. Konishi Hōen. One of the Ryuguchiji Rinban Hachigaji Temple.

Wikipedia: 東漸寺 (鎌倉市) (JA)

25. 大巧寺

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Daigyōji Temple (大巧寺) is a Nichiren sect temple located in Komachi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It does not have a specific Danka family and is known as a temple that prays for safe birth. The former main mountain is Hikigaya Myohonji.

Wikipedia: 大巧寺 (JA)

26. Myohonji Temple

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Myōhon-ji (妙本寺) is one of the oldest Nichiren sect temples in Kamakura, Kanagawa. Its official name is Chōkō-zan Myōhon-ji (長興山妙本寺). "Chōkō" comes from the posthumous name of Nichiren's father and "Myōhon" from his mother's.

Wikipedia: Myōhon-ji (EN)

27. 妙典寺

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Miaodian Temple is a Rilianzong Temple located in Yaoyue, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture. The old mountain is Miaoben Temple in Biqigu, and the pool is bordered by law. Longkou Temple takes turns to be one of the eight temples.

Wikipedia: 妙典寺 (鎌倉市) (JA)

28. Kōtoku-in

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Kōtoku-in (高徳院) is a Buddhist temple of the Jōdo-shū sect, in the city of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Its mountain name is Taiizan (大異山), and its common temple name is Shōjōsen-ji (清浄泉寺).

Wikipedia: Kōtoku-in (EN)

29. 本成寺

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Bencheng Temple is a Rilianzong Temple located in Yaoyue, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture. Old Benshan is Komachi Benjue Temple, and the tide is based on the law. Longkou Temple takes turns to be one of the eight temples.

Wikipedia: 本成寺 (鎌倉市) (JA)

30. Gokurakuji Temple

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Gokuraku-ji (極楽寺) is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect located in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It was founded in 1259 by Ninshō (1217-1303) and has been restored and rebuilt many times since then.

Wikipedia: Gokuraku-ji (Kamakura) (EN)

31. MANPUKUJI SHRINE

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Manfu Temple is located in Yaoyue, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture. Get off at Yaoyue Station of Jiangzhidao Electric Railway, about 250 meters to the coast, and you will arrive after crossing the crossing.

Wikipedia: 満福寺 (鎌倉市) (JA)

32. Kaizou-ji Temple

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Kaizoji Temple (海蔵寺) is a temple of the Rinzai sect Kenchoji sect located in Ogigaya, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The mountain number is Mt. Ogiya. The main statue is Yakushi Nyorai.

Wikipedia: 海蔵寺 (JA)

33. Kosokuji Temple

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Kosokuji Temple 三人日 / CC BY-SA 3.0

Guangze Temple is a Rilianzong Temple located in Changgu, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture. The mountain number is Hangshi Mountain. The old mountain is Miaoben Temple in Biqigu. Chishang Tufudian Fayuan.

Wikipedia: 光則寺 (JA)

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