The regent, Tokimune Hojo, established Engaku-ji Temple in 1282. It is Kamakura's largest temple and is famous for its "Great Bell" which dates back to 1301. The bell has been designated a national treasure. The oldest extant Zen temple hall, with its distinctive cypress roof, is also found here. Known as the Shari-den, it is believed the hall was relocated from a nearby nunnery during the Muromachi Era (1333-1573). Do not miss the statue of monk Mugaku, the temple's first abbot. The public is permitted to participate in meditations here.
Attractions & Landmarks, Religious
- Nearest Train: Kita Kamakura Station