All About Hokokuji Temple, Kamakura, Japan

All About Hokokuji Temple, Kamakura, Japan, Kamakura, Japan (B)

Kamakura is an old town located south from Tokyo, which was once the capital of Japan established by Minamoto samurai clan in 1192.

But must-sees are not all for travelers. Kamakura has many cozy sites to explore the Japanese Middle Age.

This article is all about Hokokuji (also, Houkokuji) Temple. It is extremely beautiful – Seeing is believing.

When I passes through the gate, I thought I was right to visit here. I was amazed to see much green in Buddhist temple style.

The important fact is that it is a Zen temple – When Kamakura was the capital of Japan, some new sects of Buddhism were established to save people living in unstable times. Hokokuji Temple belongs to Rinzai Sect, one of the Zen sects started in Kamakura era.

However, compared with big temples and shrines in Kamakura, Hokokuji Temple is small – in good meanings. You can explore “local Japanese temple” atmospheres that are not in big tourist spots. Getting off the bus at a local bus stop, going along a local path, and you’ll find the Zen temple. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: All About Hokokuji Temple, Kamakura, Japan
Guide Location: Japan » Kamakura
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Kozue Mitani
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • The Great Buddha
  • Hokokuji Temple