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Temples Near Yokohama Walking Tour, Yokohama
Temples Near Yokohama Walking Tour
Guide Location: Japan » Yokohama
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 km
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Author: vickyc
This self-guided walking tour is included in the iOS app "City Maps and Walks (470+ Cities)" in iTunes and the Android app "Yokohama Map and Walks" in Google Play.
There are many historic Buddhist temples near Yokohama, some of which are listed as national heritage. The most significant of them are concentrated in the town of Kamakura. Others are situated close to Yokohama and Tokyo and attract many tourists. This self-guided tour will lead you through some of these historic religious sites that reveal the culture, tradition and beliefs of the East.
Tour Stops and Attractions
Hase-dera Temple
1) Hase-dera Temple
Hase-dera Temple is a Buddhist temple in Kamakura that dates back to 736. There is a big wooden statue of Kannon. Bandō Sanjūsankasho pilgrims stop at this place during their pilgrimages. The statue is 9.18 meters tall and has 11 heads. There are underground caves where you can see many different statues representing numerous gods and goddesses of Buddhism.
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Kōtoku-in Temple
2) Kōtoku-in Temple
Kōtoku-in Temple is the temple most visited by tourists in this part of Japan. Visitors come here to admire the temple's monumental statue of Amida Buddha. The statue is made from bronze and looks very impressive. In the 15th century there was a tsunami that crashed into the temple but the statue remained unharmed. Since then it has stood outside.
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Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine
3) Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine
Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine popularly known simply as Zeniarai Benten. In spite of its small size, it is the second most popular spot in Kamakura 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 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 (end of the 19th century). Zeniarai Benzaiten used to be an external massha of Ōgigayatsu's Yazaka Daijin, but became independent in 1970 under its present name.

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 8 am - 5 pm

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Hongakuji Temple
4) Hongakuji Temple
Hongakuji Temple dates back to 1436. It is a temple of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism; Priest Nichiren's ashes are kept inside. Nichiren was a very talented preacher of his time, but absolutely intolerant of other branches of Buddhism, and that is why he was prosecuted. There is a statue of the Priest Nichiren in the main hall. The Japanese come here to pray for their success in business.
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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
5) Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is the spiritual center of Kamakura. The shrine is dedicated to the Shinto god of war. You will walk through the Wakamiya Oji to reach the shrine. It is a pedestrian path along which grow beautiful cherry trees and there are numerous souvenir shops. Beautiful lotus ponds around the shrine will catch your attention. You will see near the shrine a ginkgo tree 1,000 years old where a violent crime was once committed.
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Kenchō-ji Temple
6) Kenchō-ji Temple
Kenchō-ji is a Rinzai Zen temple, which ranks first among Kamakura's so-called Five Great Zen Temples (the Kamakura Gozan) 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.

The temple was constructed on the orders of Emperor Go-Fukakusa and completed in 1253, fifth year of the Kenchō era, from which it takes its name. It was founded by Rankei Doryū, a Chinese Zen master who moved to Japan in 1246, spending some years in Kyushu and Kyoto before coming to Kamakura.

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Tim Notari, Flickr user tastefulTN
Sight description based on wikipedia
Meigetsu-in Temple
7) Meigetsu-in Temple
Fugenzan Meigetsu-in is a Rinzai Zen temple of the Kenchō-ji school. It is well-known for its hydrangeas. Here the Japanese come to worship the goddess Shō Kannon. There is a beautiful garden that you can see through a special round window and there are plants and stones that imitate the legendary Buddhist Mount Shumi.
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8) Engaku-ji
Engaku-ji is one of the most significant Zen Buddhist temple complexes in Japan and the main center of Zen training in the Kantō region. It was established in 1282 by a Chinese Zen monk. It stands on a wooded hill and consists of 18 temples. Among other attractions found within the complex are the gates, burial sites, statues of Kannon, and the great bell.
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