Great Buddha of Kamakura at Kotoku-in Temple
This statue is over 40 feet (or 13 meters) tall and along with its counterpart in Nara near Kyoto is called one of Japan’s Two Great Buddhas. It is the only National Treasure to be found in Kamakura. Visitors to the temple can actually enter the statue.
Hokoku-ji Temple and Bamboo Garden
This temple is renowned for its splendid bamboo garden near its main hall. The temple is a three star location in the Michelin Green Guide.
Matcha Green Tea at Jomyo-ji Temple
The temple grounds of Jomyo-ji include gardens where you can relax and enjoy the sounds of the suikinkutsu. This is a kind of buried earthen jar which makes a pleasant sound as water drips into it. There are seats for twenty people to take in the view of the garden and have a quiet moment of contemplation.
Zazen Meditation Experience at Enkaku-ji Temple Complex (Saturdays Only)
This temple’s full name is Zuirokusan Engaku Kōshō Zenji and it is one of the most important Zen locations in Kamakura. Every Saturday, visitors are allowed experience an authentic Zen Meditation lesson here.
Kamakura Mononofu-tai – Samurai Culture Experience
Kamakura has a history as a center of spirituality and Buddhism in Japan but it is also home to centuries of samurai culture. The team at Kamakura Mononofu-tai give visitors a chance to wear attire like the bushi warriors of old donned in the glory days of Kamakura. See first hand the archery style of the Kamakura period!