Zuisenji
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Founded by a priest famous for his garden designs, this temple is notable for its Zen rock garden and beautiful flowers and trees.
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Martina1888
Inverness, UK508 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
This small temple seems to be lesser known as there were hardly any other people visitings. It's very peaceful and as other reviewers pointed out, it almost seems a bit wild. Beautiful gardens and surroundings.
Written 1 December 2023
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scotthumphries
Canberra, Australia220 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
There are many beautiful temples in Kamakura, but this one is slightly off the beaten track accessible via an uphill walk on the outskirts of town. It is worth the walk. The temple is surrounded by beautiful gardens, and it has a very restful ambiance. Worth a visit, but be aware there are many stairs.
Written 30 August 2019
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boochan1970
Yokohama, Japan302 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
Great temple with a nice zen garden and caves where Samurai were cremated. Good 40 minutes hike from the station
Written 29 March 2018
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Intouchable
Winnipeg, Canada154 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
We visited the gardens here based on recommendations in the Eyewitness Travel Series on Japan, which highlighted the significance or these gardens. The gardens are no doubt historically important, but they seem neglected and could use tender loving care from a team of gardeners. The impression it left me with was how quickly Japanese gardens can be retaken by nature if left unattended.
Written 12 May 2017
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FrequentFlier640620
39 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
You can reach Zuisenji from the hiking trail, it is located in a quiet neighborhood and isn't very crowded.
Written 14 October 2016
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Dave_Cowley_Road
Oxford, UK897 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Solo
Zuisenji is out of the way in Kamakura but worth the effort to get there. It is in a lovely wooded setting, with beautiful gardens. For me the highlight of the temple is the rock garden, very old but restored during the 20th century. It is extraordinarily stark and austere, but quite inspiring. The contrast between it and the verdant gardens is amazing. You can also start the Tenen hiking trail from just down the hill.
Written 17 July 2016
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Jurgen B
Brussels, Belgium2,799 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
It's quite different from the other temple gardens because it has a clearly wild aspect, and I loved that.
Written 17 June 2015
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CathCPerth
Yokohama, Japan259 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
I have visited Kamakura many times and was very impressed with this find - a stunning and peaceful temple in Eastern Kamakura that is little known by tourists. Its history dates back to 1327 and its grounds are designated as a National Historic Site. It costs a mere ¥200 to enter this temple. After paying your entry fee at the gate, there is a lovely and relatively wild garden to the left with many types of plants including hydrangeas. At the end of this garden are two lovely series of stairs - the one on the left is older and covered in moss and a lot steeper but stunning, with ferns and lush greenery bordering each side. The stairs to the left are paved, wider and easier to walk up. Again they are bordered by lush greenery and on the right side is a lovely bamboo grove. The temple gate is lovely surrounded by trees and I can imagine in autumn, these trees look even more stunning. The birds were singing and it was so peaceful standing there listening to them in the shade of the trees. Walk through the gate and there is a traditional cottage building to the left which you cannot enter. There are another few buildings in this complex as well as a bell tower. There is also a lovely Buddha statue next to the bell tower and just up behind the statue are some smaller statues including an unique looking tanuki (raccoon dog) statute. At the front of the bell tower are two elephant statues which is quite unusual to see.

Walking through the garden, you veer around to the left where you will find a very interesting grotto garden that is cut into the rock face of the cliff side. It has 2 small bridges and several recesses carved into the rockface that overlook a small pond. This is a very unique rock garden that apparently was buried for many years and only rediscovered in the late 1960s when it was restored.

I imagine this temple will look even more impressive in June when its hydrangeas are all in bloom and Nov/Dec with stunning autumn foliage.

To get to this temple, catch a bus from outside Kamakura station (east exit) from bus stand 4 which is closest to the Starbucks cafe. It is the bus going to "Daitonomiya". It takes about 10-15 minutes on the bus. Get off at the last stop which is right in front of another attraction Kamakura-gu which is a large shrine also worth a visit if you have the time. From the bus, you need to walk around to the left and follow the road- there is plenty of good English signage pointing the way- it is a 900m walk from the Kamakura-gu and a very pleasant easy walk pass traditional houses, little streams and plenty of greenery. Very picturesque!

Zuisenji is also very close the Ten-en hiking trail. So if you are interested in hiking, it would be good to incorporate this temple into your itinerary. To walk from Kamakura station on the main roads to this temple, will take between 30-40 minutes. Also in the general vicinity (about 20-30 minute walk) from Zuisenji is the excellent bamboo grove temple- Hokokuji Temple- so worth combining this if you are in the area.

Note that there are fewer restaurant and cafe options in this area so best to eat before or after you explore this part of Kamakura.
Written 27 May 2015
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whhamburg
Toenning, Germany273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Took a short 25 minutes trip from Yokohama after business meetings to enjoy Kamakura. This temple / garden is very peaceful, also called flower temple. Lots of greenery and fresh air. Worthwhile to visit
Written 13 May 2015
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