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Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Kamakura

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See the artworks and icons, and learn about the history of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), an old and impressive temple. Founded in 1334, the Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple had a straw roof until it was damaged by an earthquake in 1923, but still displays a similar roof on its bell tower today. Also known as "Bamboo Temple," the religious site has an attractive bamboo grove just behind the main hall. With over 2,000 tall bamboo plants, and a small tea house, the garden offers a place of respite popular with tourists and worshippers alike. By using our Kamakura day trip planning tool, you can arrange your visit to Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and other attractions in Kamakura.
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  • Beautiful temple and shuttle this visit between the big Buddha and walking street will be perfect for a full day outing. We drove and lucky to get car park. Parking is limited and stroller friendly. 
    Beautiful temple and shuttle this visit between the big Buddha and walking street will be perfect for a full day outing. We drove and lucky to get car park. Parking is limited and stroller friendly.  more »
  • We really enjoyed our visit here. Beautiful surroundings and serene gardens. With so many temples in Kamakura, this one is surely not to be missed. 
    We really enjoyed our visit here. Beautiful surroundings and serene gardens. With so many temples in Kamakura, this one is surely not to be missed.  more »
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  • This is about 15 minutes walk from Kamakura Station. At the entrance you have an option to pay the 300 yen entrance fee only or purchase a ticket with a set of green tea for 900 yen. It is cold in winter so after drinking the green tea, it would be too cold to stay in the rest area as it is an open space outside where you can enjoy the bamboo garden.
  • Relaxing and not crowded. There are benches so you can enjoy the view while sitting idly. If you want to have matcha and a few cute sweets in the cafe overlooking the bamboos, be sure to buy the ticket which includes the matcha. This bamboo forest isn’t as big as the one in Kyoto but it’s well maintained. Parking is available and free of charge. In case it’s full, there’s a nearby paid parking space.

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