Kamakura, a seaside town just 1 hour from southwest Tokyo. This city is famous for its rich history and culture that has survived for centuries.
Kamakura has been home to samurai and Buddhist monks for many years. There you can find Myohonji Temple which is the oldest Buddhist temple in Kamakura. You can find a short distance by walking from JR Kamakura station.
Myohonji Temple was built by Hiki Daigaku Saburo Yoshimoto of the Hiki Clan in the 1200s. It’s amazing to think this piece of old history is just a stone’s throw from bustling Tokyo.
To get to Myohonji Temple from Tokyo, the easiest route is to take the Shonan-Shinjuku line from Shinjuku Station and get off to JR Kamakura. Exit the east side of the station and keep heading east. After passing through the gates of Myohonji Temple, there is a short and rather steep incline to reach the top.
Along the way you will see some beautiful trees and flowers, some of which are so tall that they often block the sun. Of course you will be fascinated by Myohonji Temple because of the combination of ancient architecture and peaceful nature inside.
If you continue to explore Myohonji Temple you will come across several well-crafted statues and structures. Of course all these structures are included with the main temple itself. All of this is surrounded by the beautiful natural surroundings of Kamakura.
Regardless of the time of year, with lots of natural plants growing around the shrine grounds. Myohonji Temple is worth a visit if you are traveling to Kamakura. When it’s a short walk from the station, why not? You can find out more about Myohonji Temple and its vast Buddhist history.
Chosho-ji, the long win temple in Kamakura
Kamakura is a legendary place known for its many temples, cafes, restaurants and tourist attractions that attract tourists from all over the world. However, they were all wrong if they said the City Center was the most important tourist spot.
In fact on the outskirts of Kamakura you can find Chosho-ji Temple in the middle of a traditional residential neighborhood. This shrine exudes an obscure and secret gem presence while still within walking distance of kamakura station.
Chosho-ji Temple has two entrances namely the main entrance and one side entrance. The main entrance is marked with a large red tori, while the side doors are low and small doors.
The side doors have a low size where one has to be careful not to bang their heads. An impressive prayer ceremony can be found if you are lucky, but perhaps not every visitor will be lucky enough to enjoy this experience.
The front courtyard of Chosho-ji’s main hall was filled with five magnificent statues, each carrying weapons and warlike expressions on their faces. There will be a lot of incense smells that you encounter and some staple foods, just like praying a small grave.
This area has a hand washing area using traditional rituals and a large number of impressively installed bushes. If one enters Chosho-ji temple through the main entrance, there are no stairs or steps until one reaches the main hall.
This could mean that Chosoji Temple is easy to access, even for some people with reduced mobility. This is in contrast to many other temples and shrines, which are built in terraces which make them difficult to traverse for some. However, some floors of the complex are covered with gravel, potentially deterring visitors using wheelchairs.
Holy Kencho-ji! – Kamakura’s number one temple
Japanese people really value cultural heritage, of course every historical place is highly recommended. Kencho-ji Temple is 1.6 KM by foot from kamakura station. Actually there are lots of transportation that you can use.
Although there are many, it is recommended that you walk to Komachidori ST where you can find elegant market stalls and restaurant offerings. Take the east exit from Kamakura Station and look to your left, the street komachidori is near the McDonald’s addition.
Once you’re done with Komachidori Street, continue along the main road when you turn left and you see Kencho-ji Temple. This is a historical temple and you shouldn’t miss it.