Number 1 of the Kamakura Gozan.
Built on land once known as Jigokudani, or “hell valley,” that is believed to have been an execution ground for criminals,
Kenchoji Temple is a Zen training monastery and the first temple to be described as a “Zen temple” in Japan.
Kenchoji’s grounds have been designated as an Historic Site of Japan.
It is a famous cherry blossom viewing spot,
and in spring, when the cherry trees that line the sando, or temple approach, are in full bloom, the path to the Sanmon,
or main gate, transforms into an archway of blossoms.
In autumn, you can enjoy the blazing reds and yellows of the fall foliage.
About 15 minutes walk from Kita-Kamakura Station
About 10 minutes from Kamakura Station East exit by bus
* Take N2 route bus that goes to Ofuna Station from bus stop No.2, get off the bus at Kenchoji bus stop then walk about 4 minute.
About 25 minutes from Kamakura Prince Hotel by car