Kencho-ji is located at the place to walk about 15 minutes from Kita-Kamakura Station toward Kamakura. From Kamakura Station, there is a bus.
Waking from Kita-Kamakura Station, there is a Tenka-mon, which is a gate outside. I thought this gate is Somon, but it’s not. Passing this gate, there is a parking lot, and there is Somon at the other end of the parking lot. Tenka-mon has a plate on which is written: “天下禅林” (Ten-Ka-Zen-Rin). The name Tenka-mon seems to be derived from this word. Ten-Ka-Zen-Rin means “Zen temple to seek to develop human resources worldwide”.
建長寺 - 天下門
Going through the parking lot, there is Somon. This gate has a plate written, “巨福山” (Ko-Fuku-San). Ko-Fuku-San means “Temple to bring great fortune”.
建長寺 - 総門
Going inside, you need to pay an admission fee here. An arrangement of precincts is the same as the Engaku-ji, such as Somon, Sanmon, Butsuden, and Hatto are lined. Along both sides of the line, there is Tatchu. There is a Bonsho (temple bell), which is a national treasure, on the right side of the Sanmon.
In the Hatto which is located behind the Butsuden, there is a replica of the” Fasting Buddha” statue in the National Museum of Pakistan Lahore. The statue was given to Kencho-ji after being exhibited at the Aichi Expo.
Going further, there are Kara-mon and Hojo. You can visit Hojo. There is a beautiful garden at the back of the Hojo.
建長寺 ― 2013年の宝物風入れ