Zuisenji Temple in Kamakura

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    Zuisenji Temple in Kamakura

  • Zuisenji Temple in Kamakura

    Zuisenji Temple in Kamakura

  • Zuisenji Temple

    Zuisenji Temple

  • Zen Rock Garden with cave called Tennyodo Zuisenji Temple

    Zen Rock Garden with cave called Tennyodo

  • Zen Rock Garden Zuisenji Temple

    Zen Rock Garden Zuisenji Temple

  • Belfry Zuisenji Temple

    Belfry Zuisenji Temple

  • Zuisenji Temple Garden

    Zuisenji Temple Garden

  • Zuisenji Muso Soseki Garden

    Zuisenji Muso Soseki Garden

  • Zuisenji Muso Soseki Garden

    Zuisenji Muso Soseki Garden

  • Zuisenji Temple

    Zuisenji Temple

  • Zuisenji Temple Garden

    Zuisenji Temple Garden

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Facts & Figures

Zuisenji is a beautiful Zen Buddhist Temple in Kamakura and belongs to the Rinzai Sect. It is one of the Kanto Jissetsu (10 important temples of Rinzai Sect of the Kanto region). People come here to worship Jizo Bosatsu. The highlights of the temple are the main hall, garden and the Zen rock garden containing a huge cave. The garden with its trees and beautiful seasonal flowers is the reason why Zuisenji is also known as Temple of flowers. My tip: Come here when the plum trees are in full bloom in Spring and enjoy the scenery.

  • Zuisenji Temple:
  • Opening Hours - daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (last entry at 4:30 pm)
  • Closed - never
  • Admission fee - 200 yen (Adults), 100 yen (Elementary and junior high school students)
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History

In 1327 Zuisenji was founded during the Kamakura period (1185 - 1333) by Zen master Muso Kokushi (1275 - 1351), also known as Muso Soseki. Daimyo Nikaido Doun was his supporter and sponsor in this temple project. Muso Kokushi was also one of the best garden designers of Japan. His work can now be admired at Zuisenji or at other placees in the country like the Sogenchi Garden (Sogenchi Teien) at the Tenryu-ji Temple in Kyoto. The temple became an important cultural center in the region. The first Kamakura governor with the name Ashikaga Motouji (1340 - 1367) was buried at Zuisenji.

Location

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Zuisenji is located in Nikaido’s Momijigayatsu Valley in the eastern part of Kamakura within the Kanagawa Prefecture.
Address: 710 Nikaido, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0002, Japan

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Sightseeing spots at Zuisenji temple grounds

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Rock Garden - Muso Kokushi created this masterpiece out of natural rock and it is the only remaining garden of the Kamakura period (1185 - 1333). The garden consists of a large cave, waterfall and a pond with a bridge. The national government gave this garden the status of a Place of Scenic Beauty.

Tennyodo - You will find this huge cave at the northern part of the rock garden. It was used for the daily meditation practice.

Choseichi - The pond is located in-front of the Tennyodo cave. It was carved in the rock.

Henka Ichirantei - It is the name of the pavilion near the garden. Zen master Muso Kokushi developed the design for this structure. Henka Ichirantei was used by the monks as a sanctuary of literary art.

Main Hall - The main hall is housing the wooden statue of the Goddess of Mercy (Thousand-armed Kannon). The statue was a gift of daimyo Tokugawa Mitsukuni (1628 - 1701).

Festival & Events in Kamakura (dates can change without notice)

April

Kamakura Matsuri (from 2nd to 3rd Sunday)
The city and its history will be celebrated.

August

Bonbori Matsuri (7th to 9th)
Hundreds of lanterns can be found around Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

Kamakura Hase no Akari (19th to 25th)
Eight temples and shrines (incl. Kotoku-in) will get illuminated at night.

September

Reitai Matsuri (between 14th and 16th)
This great festival with its most famous attraction the Japanese horseback archery is held at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

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