Hokoku-ji (Hokoku Temple)
Hokoku-ji (Hokoku Temple) Review
Visitors to Kamakura tend to overlook this lovely little Zen temple of the Rinzai sect that was built in 1334, but it's worth a look. Over the years it had fallen into disrepair and neglect, until an enterprising priest took over, cleaned up the gardens, and began promoting the temple for meditation sessions, calligraphy exhibitions, and tea ceremony. Behind the main hall are a thick grove of bamboo and a small tea pavilion—a restful oasis and a fine place to go for matcha (green tea). The temple is about 2 km (1 mile) east on Route 204 from the main entrance to Tsuru-ga-oka Hachiman-gu; turn right at the traffic light by the Hokoku Temple Iriguchi bus stop and walk about three minutes south to the gate.
- Address: 2–7–4 Jomyo-ji, Kamakura, 248-0003
- Phone: 0467/22–0762
- Cost: ¥200, tea ceremony ¥500
- Hours: Daily 9–4
- Location: Kamakura