Located in the secluded hills in eastern Kanagawa lies a quiet temple perfect for people finding a pacified place for meditation. It belongs to the the Kencho-ji temple of the Rinzai sect of Buddhism, and founded in 1334 by Tengan Eko to honor Ashikaga Ietoki.
Hokoku-ji is most known for its beautiful bamboo forest and statues of Buddha.
The temple is close to another Zen temple, Jomyo-ji; Sugimoto-dera and Zuisen-ji.
From Kamakura Station, ride a bus (number 23, 24, 36) and get-off to Jomyo-ji.
The temple and the dry garden is open daily from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Meditation pavilion only opens on Sunday from 7:00 am to 10:30 AM. Entrance fee is 200 yen.
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