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Glimpse into Kita-Kamakura

In the 20th of May 1927, Japanese Government Railways (JGR), the pre-war predecessor of the Japanese National Railways (JNR), opened Kita-Kamakura Station in Yamanouchi to connect the American Naval Arsenal in Yokosuka to the Tokyo capital. Since then, the area has been known as Kita-Kamakura.

Glimpse into Kita-Kamakura

The area has not changed much. Now, it is famous for its bucolic atmosphere and for the national architectural and religious treasures it holds. Three out of the five highest-ranking Rinzai Zen temples in Kamakura are located here, after all- namely Kencho-ji, Engaku-ji and Jochi-ji.

Kencho-ji

Glimpse into Kita-Kamakura
Kencho-ji San-mon – Photo by mitalisamant

Built in 1253, Kencho-ji is Kamakura’s oldest temple. It is said to be the most important temple out of the Five Zen Temples. The Bonsho Temple Bell, a Japanese National Treasure, is kept within one of its several halls.

Engaku-ji

Glimpse into Kita-Kamakura
Maple trees at Engaku-ji’s Sanmon gate in Spring – Photo courtesy of ask_yas

Constructed in 1282 to commemorate Japanese soldiers who fell during the Mongol invasion (1274-1281), Engaku-ji is the second most important temple in Kamakura. On the western part of the complex lies Shari-den, a sixteenth century building rumored to be keeping Buddha’s tooth.

Glimpse into Kita-Kamakura

Glimpse into Kita-Kamakura
Autumn colors in Engaku-ji.
Glimpse into Kita-Kamakura
Roof Sanmon detalles at Engaku-ji.

Meigetsu-in

Glimpse into Kita-Kamakura
Meigetsu-in Hydrangea Corridor – Original Photo by julesberry2001

Founded in 1160 and then erected in 1383 as a son’s loving tribute to his father, Meigetsu-in is arguably one of the most beautiful temples in Kamakura. People flock to its grounds during the rainy season for the temple’s Hydrangea corridor that leads to the main hall.

Glimpse into Kita-Kamakura
Moon gate at Meigetsu-in. Also referred to as the “Harvest Moon”.
William @ Passport Out

William is the Editor-in-Chief of The Passport Out.

11 Comments
  1. Alain_0422

    May 30, 2016 9:55 pm

    C’est magnifique !

  2. Martha Dowd

    May 30, 2016 9:56 pm

    How splendid too bad we were not able to see this!

  3. Andrea smith

    June 1, 2016 11:51 pm

    enjoyed this place more than the downtown – quiet paths, serene atmosphere – I’d go back in a heatbeat

    • Passport Out - Editor

      June 2, 2016 11:23 pm

      We did, too! We aren’t fans of the crowd in Kamakura proper, although the temples there surely hold their own.

  4. tatejones

    June 1, 2016 11:53 pm

    Accidentally found your site and loving everything featured!! Pls post more accommodations in the future! U have very good taste in hotels!!

    • Ty Everingham

      June 2, 2016 3:19 pm

      I agree! Saw your Andaz and MO Tokyo feature and would really enjoy if I see more of that

    • Passport Out - Editor

      June 2, 2016 11:24 pm

      Thanks for reading on! We’re posting a review of Andaz Tokyo soon! Stay tuned. 😉

  5. Ty Everingham

    June 2, 2016 3:18 pm

    Superb feature! Glad u link your articles to Instagram! I’m an avid fan!

    • Passport Out - Editor

      June 2, 2016 11:26 pm

      Thanks so much, Ty! We really appreciate that you follow us here, and in Instagram. Love the love! We’ll try our best to keep things interesting.

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