Established in 1253 by Tokiyori Hojo, Kencho-ji is recognized as the greatest of Kamakura's Zen temples. It is believed ... More
Established in 1253 by Tokiyori Hojo, Kencho-ji is recognized as the greatest of Kamakura's Zen temples. It is believed to be Japan's oldest in the southern "Sung" style. The temple takes its name from the Kencho Era (1249-1255) and was once a refuge for Chinese Zen priests escaping Mongol invaders. The huge bronze bell ("Bonsho") was made in 1255 and is a national treasure. Dating to 1647, the lecture hall ("Hatto") is an example of Buddhist wooden architecture at its best. It is now an important cultural property. The main temple gate is equally impressive.
Nittaiji Temple is brand new as temples go, completed in 1904 (and rebuilt in 1984). But the significance of the
site is momentous, if often overlooked. It houses some of the bones of the Buddha Shakyamuni that found its ...
Held on the 21st of every month, Toji market attracts traders and bargain hunters from all over Japan and abroad.
A good place to find antique Japanese furniture as well as household items, clothes, plants, kimonos and just about ...
Once an imperial palace (Himuro Gosho) became the head provincial nunnery. Hokke ji was established as a convent in 747
by Empress Komyo, who was the wife of Emperor Shomu. She had inherited the place from Fubito Fujiwara, her ...