Established in 1253, Kenchō-ji is Japan's oldest Zen monastery and is still active today. It once comprised seven buildings and 49...
Kamakura's most important shrine is, naturally, dedicated to Hachiman, the god of war. Minamoto Yoritomo himself ordered its...
Kamakura National Treasure Museum
The Kamakura National Treasure Museum displays an excellent collection of Kamakura art. Some are the typically peaceful jizō, although...
Serving up hot, hearty soup, this humble soba spot is conveniently located on the route from Kita-Kamakura to Kamakura, just before you...
1543 Yamanouchi · interesting places nearby
Ennō-ji is distinguished by its statues depicting the judges of hell. According to the Juo concept of Taoism, which was introduced to Japan from China during the Heian period (794–1185), these 10 judges decide the fate of souls, who, being neither truly good nor truly evil, must be assigned to spend eternity in either heaven or hell. Presiding over them is Emma (Yama), a Hindu deity known as the gruesome king of the infernal regions.