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Peaceful temple in Kamakura: Kaizoji Temple

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According to history, Kaizoji Temple was supposedly a giant temple under a different name during the Kamakura period, but was lost to a fire. Since then, it has clearly been rebuilt. Though, no one can say whether or not the rebuilt temple holds a flame to its previous form.

Kaizoji Temple is easily reached, as the majority of the traveling involves moving straight down a road. To get started, head leave Kamakura Station’s south exit, then head straight. Walk towards the green Kinokuniya sign, until you reach the light. Take a right there and just head straight down that road!

Road for Kaizō-ji Temple on Kamakura outskirts, Kamakura history

Continuing through Kamakura, if you see this road, you are on the right path. You will follow this road all the way down, even as it begins curving. You will see a railway underpass, but do not go down there. Instead, just follow the road at your left as it begins to straighten out. From there, Kaizoji temple is a straight shot.

Additional road for Kaizō-ji Temple on Kamakura outskirts, Kamakura history

Just to be sure, you will eventually come upon point, but to reach Kaizō-ji Temple, do not take the left. You will soon reach your destination if you simply head straight.

Entry for Kaizō-ji Temple on Kamakura outskirts, Kamakura history

This is what Kaizoji Temple looks like from the outside. If you take either left or right road far enough, you will eventually reach residential areas, so be careful not to go too far.

Nature inside Kaizō-ji Temple on Kamakura outskirts, Kamakura history

Bamboo nature around Kaizō-ji Temple on Kamakura outskirts, Kamakura history

Just a little ways up the right path, you will find both this bamboo over a little pool of water.

Kaizō-ji Temple gateway on Kamakura outskirts, Kamakura history

Garden at Kaizō-ji Temple on Kamakura outskirts, Kamakura history

Bell at Kaizō-ji Temple on Kamakura outskirts, Kamakura history

You will also come upon this little entrance on the right. Very well-kept, it leads to another stone path way that brings you before the temple’s bell and front desk.

Kaizō-ji Temple insides, Kamakura outskirts, Kamakura history

You even get a decent view of the entire courtyard as well.

Outlying building inside Kaizō-ji Temple on Kamakura outskirts, Kamakura history

This building stands by itself on the far left of Kaizoji Temple.

Altar inside Kaizō-ji Temple on Kamakura outskirts, Kamakura history

Alternate altar view inside Kaizō-ji Temple on Kamakura outskirts, Kamakura history

Altar shelf inside Kaizō-ji Temple on Kamakura outskirts, Kamakura history

Inside were various Buddhism-related items.

Temple building inside Kaizō-ji Temple on Kamakura outskirts, Kamakura history

Over towards the side and back you can find this building and actually look inside. I imagine that special events take place or that monks chant here.

Main hall at Kaizō-ji Temple on Kamakura outskirts, Kamakura history

WIndow view to Kaizō-ji Temple's left, Kamakura outskirts, Kamakura history

The room’s inside really gives a formal atmosphere. With any interest to Buddhist rituals, there could be a lot to learn from seeing the insides of Kaizoji Temple.

 Kaizō-ji Temple courtyard on Kamakura outskirts, Kamakura history

The view of the courtyard from the annexed building.

Kaizō-ji Temple hillside on Kamakura outskirts, Kamakura history

To the building’s right are three caves with various statues inside.

Unreachable portion of Kaizō-ji Temple on Kamakura outskirts, Kamakura history

In the very back, there is another area inaccessible to the public. This is a shame, since from this picture alone, the area looks extremely beautiful. Kaizoji Temple on the whole is gorgeous.

Windowed cave by Kaizō-ji Temple on Kamakura outskirts, Kamakura history

Altar and well, Kaizō-ji Temple on Kamakura outskirts, Kamakura history

There are also sixteen wells from which water comes out which have never gone dry. To visit this area, a little standing post just inside the temple asks for a 100 yen donation. While the temple may not be as big as centuries ago, there is still so much to see here. Not only that, but there are so many Buddhism-related items that I felt like I never lacked anything to look at. If you are looking for a temple that offers so many things, Kaizō-ji Temple is an amazing experience.

    
Name Kaizoji Temple
Category Temple
Address 4 Chome-18-8 Ogigayatsu, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture 248-0011
Access
4 Chome-18-8 Ogigayatsu, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture 248-0011
Opening Hours 9:30 - 16:00
Price Range Free
Payment options Cash