Day Trip to Kita Kamakura area (Northern Kamakura area)

Day Trip to Kita Kamakura area (Northern Kamakura area)
2019-01-18 Yohei Onishi
Engaku-ji Temple

Kita kamakura area is surrounded by mountains and filled in nature. This area has many different kinds of temples and restaurants feeling the history, which gives visitors healing. Kita kamakura area is close to Kamakura station, just one stop away by JR Yokosuka line.
 
There are a lot of places that you cannot miss around this small Kita kamakura station. One of the characteristics of this areas is that many temples which have important cultural properties are located. If you wish to feel more deelply about Japanese Buddhist culture, we recommend you to visit this area.

 

1. Spot Ranking
2. Getting in
3. Other Area List

 

1. Spot Ranking in Kitakamakura area

 

5th. Komaki

“Okashidokoro-Komaki” is a long-established Japanese confectiories started in 1948, and you do not want to miss when you explore Kitakamakura area. You can taste beautiful and tasty sweets shaped in seasonal flowers, anmitsu, and Maccha(green tea). You will be amazed with its beautiful outlook of the sweets which gives you the sense of Kamakura’ seasonality.
 
You also can enojoy the sesonal menu, such as shaved ice in summer or “zenzai” with hot bean paste. There is a window and you can see the Byakuro Pond of Enkakuji Temple.The seasonal view from the window frame is just as beautiful as paintings.

Access

This shop is located in the roundabout in front of the Kitakamakura station. To get Komaki, go to west exit and turn left.

 
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4th. Tōkei-ji Temple

Tōkei-ji temple used to be known as “divorce temple” where women wishing to divorce had trainings in Edo-period. Now, it is known as success of love, which means having better relationships after cutting past ones. This temple is also known as “flower temple” as you can enjoy various kinds of flowers throughout the season. Especially the hydrangea at the temple gate is a must see.
 
This is a modern temple which has galleries and shops inside. You also can try “Zazen”, “Shagyo”, and “Kado”(flower arramgement)”.

Access

To get to Tokei-ji Temple: from Kitakamakura station, 4-minutes-walking alongside Kamakura-kaido. Open from 8:30-16:30 (8:30-16:00 from Oct to Mar). No fee needed.

 
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3rd Meigetsu-in Temple

Meigetsu-in Temple is originated from Meigetsu-an built in 1600, and the entire precincts of this temple is designated as historical site by government.
 
It has a lot of historical highlights, such as a biggest raised wooden platform in Kamakura, or the “into” said to be the cemetery of Hojo Tokiyori. Meigetsu-in Temple has “Hime-ajisai” which is a Japanese ancient kind of hydrangea, and its clear blue color is one of its characteristics. Every May to June, about 2500 stumps of hydrangea flowering all over the approach, and because of its beautiful blue color, it is called “Meigetsu-in blue”.
 
The round window at the main hall is another highlight in Meigetsu-in. you can see the “Hondoko gardden” (Japanese style garden) over the window, and enjoy the view of Japanese iris, fresh green leaves, or autumn leaves throughout the season. Opening hour is from 9:00-16:00 (8:30-17:00 in Jun). Fee is 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for elementary/junior high school students. (another 500 yen costs for Hondoko garden).

Access

This temple is located 10 minutes’ walk from Kitakamakura station. There is a narrow road along with the river, which leads to Meigetsu-in.

 
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2nd Kenchō-ji Temple

Kenchō-ji Temple was built by Hojo-Tokiyori in 1253. Now they host English zen meditation for foreigners.

The characteristics of this temple’ layout is that “Garan” layout which main buildings like main gate, sammon gate, buddha hall, and Hondo are in a straight line. This main gate and sammon gate are very fine and one of the highlights here.
 
The buddha hall is designated as important cultural properties, and the statue of Jizo-Bosatsu in Honzon is placed here. The “Bonsho” on the right side of Sammon is one of the few left since this temple was built, and it is designated as national treasure.
 
You can enjoy the beautiful flowers in each season in Kenchō-ji Temple. Especially there are about 10 trees of sakura called Somei-yoshino planted between the main gate and Sammon, which are beautifully blooming in the spring in the background of a dignified Sammon.
 
Kenchō-ji temple is located 20 minute’ walk towards Kamakura station from Kitakamakura station. During the walk, you will find a lot of nice restaurants to have meals. There will also be a bus to

Access

Kenchō-ji temple from both Kamakura and Kitakamakura station, and a parking lot. The temple is open from 8:30-16:30. Fee is 500 yen for adults and 200 yen for elementary/junior high school students.

 
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1st Engaku-ji Temple

Engaku-ji Temple is built by Hojo-Tokimune, who was the 8th regent of Kamakura-bakufu,
in 1282 in order to mourn the martyrs caused by Mongolia attack equally without consideri
ng whether they are enemies or allys. The stymbolic sammon of Enkaku-ji temple is known
as “gate to the Buddhist sanctum” that get rid of earthy desires.
 
The huge principal image in the Buddhist sanctum called “HokanShakanyorai” has a treasure crown and pectoral, which makes it look solemn and beautiful. The white dragon image drown on the ceiling of Buddhist sanktum is another highlight.
 
When you walk up to the steep stone step leading to a mountain besides the Buddhist sanktum, you will be able to take a tour of Ogane, which is the biggest national treasure in Kanto area, and Bentendo. This temple is also known as flower temple, so you can enjoy many different kinds of flowers such as Japanese plum, yulan, sakura, hydrangea, and autumn leaves.

Access

Engaku-ji Temple walk from Kitakamakura station to take an 1 minutes. The temple is open from 8:30-16:30. Fee is 300 yen for adults and 100 yen for elementary/junior high school students.

 
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2. Getting to Kitakamakura station from Kamakura station

 

From Kamakura station (JR/Enoden) to Kitakamakura station is one stop away by JR Yokosuka line with Shinagawa/Tokyo direction. It will take 3 minutes.

 
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3. Kamakura area list

 

Zaimokuza – Omachi area

Zaimokuza – Omachi area

 

Kamakura station area

Kamakura station area

 

Kita Kamakura area (Northern Kamakura area)

Kita Kamakura area

 

Inamuragasaki – Shichirigahama area

Inamuragasaki – Shichirigahama area

 

Hase – Yuigahama area

Hase – Yuigahama area

 

Kanazawa Kaido area

Kanazawa Kaido area

 

Enoshima area

Enoshima area