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"Zen at its Best"

Established in 1253 by Tokiyori Hojo, Kencho-ji is recognized as the greatest of Kamakura's Zen temples. It is believed to be Japan's oldest in the southern "Sung" style. The temple takes its name from the Kencho Era (1249-1255) and was once a refuge for Chinese Zen priests escaping Mongol invaders. The huge bronze bell ("Bonsho") was made in 1255 and is a national treasure. Dating to 1647, the lecture hall ("Hatto") is an example of Buddhist wooden architecture at its best. It is now an important cultural property. The main temple gate is equally impressive.
8 Yamanouchi, Kamakura, Japan, 247-0062
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"Zen at its Best"
Established in 1253 by Tokiyori Hojo, Kencho-ji is recognized as the greatest of Kamakura's Zen temples. It is believed to be Japan's oldest in the southern "Sung" style. The temple takes its name from the Kencho Era (1249-1255) and was once a refuge for Chinese Zen priests escaping Mongol invaders. The huge bronze bell ("Bonsho") was made in 1255 and is a national treasure. Dating to 1647, the lecture hall ("Hatto") is an example of Buddhist wooden architecture at its best. It is now an important cultural property. The main temple gate is equally impressive.
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