2019年03月25日

'Hokoku-ji' Buddhist temple in Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, features remarkably beautiful bamboo forest.

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Talking about a bamboo forest, the one in Sagano in Kyoto is widely known, but a beautiful bamboo forest comparable with Sagano's can be found in Kamakura City near Tokyo. About 1 km west of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, an elegant Buddhist temple named Hokoku-ji Zen Temple stands in a quiet environment. This temple is not as big as 'Enkaku-ji' and 'Kencho-ji' Buddhist temple, both of them are the leading temples in Kamakura, however it was built in 1334 and is one of the oldest temples in this district. The ground of this temple is very well maintained, so that the visitors can enjoy the bamboo forest as shown in the first picture, dry landscape garden and old bell tower in the second picture while walking around the promenade. 'Maccha' powdered tea with Japanese sweet are available at a tea house in the bamboo forest. A little far from Kamakura Station though, this temple is worth visiting for all the people who have no time to visit Kyoto.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 20:06 | Kamakura | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする