If you want to get away from the crowds and enjoy some quiet time, why not visit Hokokuji Temple in Kamakura? Located slightly out of the way, in a residential area, this is probably one of the most beautiful places in the city.
Hokokuji and its bamboo forest
It is said that Hokokuji Temple was founded in 1334 by Tengan Eko or Uesugi Shigekane, under the patronage of Ashikaga Ietoki. It belongs to the Rinzai Buddhist sect.
The main building dates from 1920, having been rebuilt after being destroyed in a large earthquake. But, you don’t go to Hokokuji to admire its buildings. Indeed, the temple nickname is the “Bamboos Temple”, because of its magnificent bamboo groove located in its center.
Many of you might know the Arashiyama bamboo forest in Kyoto. But, we can assure you that this one is much prettier. The dancing light between the green stems soaring towards the sky creates a magical atmosphere.
To reinforce this mystical atmosphere, you may notice the caves that can be seen in the rocks overlooking the temple. It is said that this is where the ashes of the lords of the Ashikaga clan have been scattered.
Enjoy a cup of matcha
In the bamboo forest, there is a small tea house. There, you can enjoy a cup of matcha tea, hot or cold depending on the season. The tea is served with Japanese sugar confections which counterbalances the bitterness of the matcha very well.
Entrance to the temple costs 300 yen. And you will need to add another 500 yen to enjoy this cup of matcha.
While waiting to be able to visit Kamakura Hokokuji Temple…
If you cannot travel to Japan and Kamakura at the moment, we suggest you discover this magnificent city through our Kamakura Box. It contains a selection of objects and snacks that will transport you there, without leaving your home! A magazine is also included in the box. We can learn more about the contents of the box and the craftsmen who participated in it.