What to Expect
Engaku-ji was built to commemorate both the deaths of Mongolian and Japanese soldiers in 1282. The temple is also famous for its two national treasures: the “Grand Bell” cast in 1301 and the “Relic Hall” that is believed to hold Buddha’s tooth. The temple was sponsored by the 8th reagent Hojo Tokimune.
Take pictures at the impressive Jyochi-ji entrance. In the main hall you’ll see three worlds’ Buddhas, which are Amitabha, Sakyamuni and Maitreya representing the past, present and future respectively. There is a statue of Hotei, God of Happiness. Rub his belly to get energy and happiness.
At Meigetsu-in, you’ll smell the fresh green fragrance and beautiful blue flowers in early summer. In the fall you’ll enjoy the autumn leaves in the back garden (Entry costs an additional \500). The back yard will be open twice a year, in early summer and fall.
You’ll see 760-year-old juniper trees grown from seeds sown by a founder priest from the Sung Dynasty. The ground bell, our national treasure, is one of the 3 big bells in Kamakura. A dragon is painted on the ceiling of the lecture hall. The temple was sponsored by the 5th reagent of the Kamakura Shogunate, Hojo Tokiyori.
You can reach the historical heritages within one hour from Tokyo. I would like to help you experience the traditional customs and spend unforgettable moments in Kamakura.
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