All photos taken on September 19, 2009.
Once we were in Kamakura, we did not have to worry about what to see or how to get there. Kunika took good care of us. From Kita-Kamakura station, we walked the short distance to Engaku-ji Temple, a Zen Buddhist temple founded in 1282.
The temple maintains the classical Japanese Zen monastic design, and both the Shariden and the Great Bell (Ogane) are designated National Treasures. Engaku-ji is one of the twenty-two historic sites included in Kamakura’s proposal for inclusion in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
For us poor Canadians, whose visible history spans only a couple of centuries,we were in awe as we wandered around this huge complex. There was no fee when we were there, but an admission fee of 300 Yen was introduced in 2017, as well as admission fees for entrance to some of the buildings.
No more history, just photos.
On the way in….
the architectural details
Blossoms, berries and butterflies
The details. The 2nd last slide is the Ogane – giant bell
Great. One temple/shrine down, 21 to go. This could take a while…..