The 10 most beautiful Shrines and Temples to see while you travel to Kamakura

Kamakura is popular tourist spot in Japan because it is a city with lots of history and tradition. The city is surrounded by beautiful nature such as mountains and the ocean.

Iconic to Kamakura is The Great Buddha (Daibutsu) that many travelers especially come for to see due to its size and history. The Zeniarai Benten Shrine, is famous for the tradition of washing money for praying for future prosperity. Kamakura is the best place for visiting as it is the home to many historical temples and shrines. However Kamakura also lends itself perfectly if you want to  attend the popular hiking courses around the temples and shrines. Here is a list with the 10 most beautiful Shrines and Temples to see while you're in Kamakura.

Hasedera Temple
Hasedera Temple
Hasedera Temple was constructed on the mountainside with views of both the ocean and city. The beautiful garden is blooming with hydrangeas and irises all year round. And because of this, the temple has also become known as the “flower temple”.
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Great Buddha(Kotoku-in)
Great Buddha(Kotoku-in)
Kamakura is a city located in Kanagawa Prefecture, nestled between the mountains and the ocean. It is an area that is abundant in nature. The Great Buddha of the Kotoku-in Temple has been designated as a National Treasure.
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Hokoku-ji Temple
Hokoku-ji Temple
Hokoku-ji is a Zen temple that was established 700 years ago. It has been carefully maintained over a long period of time and the lush bamboo grove will take your breath away. Drink some matcha tea during a tea ceremony and take some time to quietly view the forest.
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Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji is Japan’s oldest Zen temple, built in the 13th century. Experience the serene world of Zen while walking through the large grounds of this awe inspiring temple and viewing the garden of the chief priest.
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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is a shrine located in the city of Kamakura, west of Tokyo. It was established in 1180 by Yoritomo Minamoto, the first shogun of the Kamakura Era. It is one of the most famous shrines among the 80,000 shrines in Japan.
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Zeniarai Benten Shrine
Zeniarai Benten Shrine
Zeniarai has the meaning of “washing money”. The legend of this popular shrine is that if you wash your money in the spring water, it will multiply. Try praying at the spring inside the mysterious cave.
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Meigetsu-in Temple
Meigetsu-in Temple
This temple received two stars in the Michelin Green Guide. Meigetsu-in Temple is famous for its hydrangeas, but what is surprisingly not very well known is that the rear garden is covered in beautifully blooming irises.
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Sasuke-Inari Shrine
Sasuke-Inari Shrine
There’s a rising tunnel of over 100 red torii gates. Sasuke-Inari Shrine is a branch shrine of the Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine in Kyoto. If you are lucky, you may even encounter a squirrel.
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Tokei-ji Temple
Tokei-ji Temple
In an era when women could not divorce, Tokei-ji gave refuge to many women who fled to the temple under a law allowing divorce if they joined the temple. Currently surrounded by lush greenery, it has received three stars in the Michelin Green Guide.
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