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With its mossy steps, thatched roof, and pennants, the oldest temple in Kamakura is reminiscent of the temples lost in the countryside or in the Japanese mountains.
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Hokokuji - The Bamboo Temple
Also nicknamed Takedera (bamboo temple), Hokokuji is one of the many Zen temples of Kamakura. A temple rarely visited by foreign tourists, but rich in wonder.
Zeniarai Benzaiten, the Hidden Temple
Hidden in the wooded area around the Great Buddha , accessible by one of the many hiking paths of Kamakura , is Zeniarai Benzaiten, the temple of the miraculous source and carrier of wealth.
In 736, the miraculous return of the statue of Kannon to the shore of Kamakura after fifteen years of absence, gave rise to Hase-dera Temple...
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