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Kita-Kamakura Audio Guide Tour: Discovering Zen Serenity

1. Kita-Kamakura Audio Guide Tour: Discovering Zen Serenity

This is a self-guided tour (audio guide) using an app. *English audio guide *You can listen to it at home, on the go, anywhere *No ticket redemption required *This is not an official audio guide *Please do not make direct inquiries to the facility regarding this audio guide *Audio guides are available for purchase regardless of facility opening hours. However, if you go to there, please check the opening hours on the official website. ■What can you hear in the audio guide? This audio guide takes you through the three major Zen temples in Kita-Kamakura: Engaku-ji, Kencho-ji, and Meigetsu-in. It delves into the unique features of each temple and deeply explores the teachings of Zen and its profound relationship with these sacred spaces. With this, you can learn and experience more about each temple and Zen itself. ■What kind of place is Engaku-ji,Kencho-ji, and Meigetsu-in? Engaku-ji, Kencho-ji, and Meigetsu-in are prominent temples in Kamakura, each offering unique cultural experiences. Engaku-ji, known for its tranquil atmosphere, is the final resting place of soldiers who fell during the Mongol invasions. Kencho-ji, Japan's oldest Zen training monastery, boasts beautiful gardens and a five-story pagoda. Meigetsu-in, often called the Hydrangea Temple, enchants visitors with its stunning blue hydrangea blossoms in early summer, and a circular window framing a serene garden view. ■HOW TO USE 1.After purchase, we will send a message to your email address registered with getyourguide. 2.From the URL in the message, download the audio guide app "Pokke" to your smartphone. 3.After downloading the app, you can listen to the audio guide. Audio guide time: 120 minutes Number of guides: 23

Kamakura; First Samurai Capital walking tour

2. Kamakura; First Samurai Capital walking tour

Looking at Kamakura’s beautiful and scenic streets of today, it is difficult to imagine it has gone through many bloody battles before and after its establishment in 1192. There are more than 170 Buddhist temples in Kamakura mourning the dead. Some built by the powers at that time, are magnificent and impressive to look at. We will start the tour at the Kita- Kamakura Station. The second most important Zen temple, Enkaku-ji is just 2minutes walk from the station. We will enter the temple through the great “Sanmon Gate”. Then go to “Butsuden” (Buddha Hall) to admire Buddha statue. Moving on to “Hatto” (Dharma Hall) to see the picture of a dragon painted on the ceiling. After that, climb 135 stairs to see “Bonsho” (temple bell), a national treasure. As a reward to your effort to climb these stairs, you can enjoy the scenic view of Kamakura from Enkaku-ji’s Bonsho. We will then visit the most prestigious Zen temple in Kamakura,"Kencho-ji". “Sanmon Gates”, “Butsuden”, “Hatto” (Dharma Hall) and “Bonsho (national treasure) awaits at a grander scale. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, was built to display and impress the power of the first Shogun, and it has been the symbol of Kamakura ever since. The shrine is dedicated to the Hachiman kami(deity), the deity of good fortune in warfare. Located at the top of the hill, you can enjoy the scenic view of Kamakura. We will walk through ”Dankazura”, the 450m walkway that extends to the Third Torii gate from the then sea coast marks the entrance to the grounds of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu. It was also built by the first Shogun to pray for the safe delivery of an heir. The road is also famous for cherry blossoms. Kamakura is also home to beautiful and powerful Kamakura Lacquerware (METI certified Japanese traditional craft), that was originally made by Buddhist sculptors 800 years ago. During the Edo period (1603-1868), Kamakura-Lacquerware spread beyond Buddhist ritual items, and daily goods began to be produced. They are popularly used in tea ceremonies nowadays. We will be visiting Kamakura Lacquerware Museum that displays works from Muromachi period (1336~1568) to the present day.

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