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Engaku-ji, Japan

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409 Yamanouchi
Kanagawa Prefecture 247-0247

Kamakura, Japan
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N35° 20' 16" E139° 32' 51"   (35.337777777778, 139.5475)
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Not to be confused with Enryaku-ji in Kyoto.
Zuirokusan Engaku Kōshō Zenji (瑞鹿山円覚興聖禅寺), or Engaku-ji (円覚寺), is one of the most important Zen Buddhist temple complexes in Japan and is ranked second among Kamakura's Five Mountains. It is situated in the city of Kamakura, in Kanagawa prefecture to the south of Tokyo.
Founded in 1282 (Kamakura period, the temple maintains the classical Chinese Zen monastic design, and both the Shariden and the Great Bell (大鐘, Ogane) are designated National Treasures. Engaku-ji is one of the twenty-two historic sites included in Kamakura's proposal for inclusion in UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.
It is located in Kita-Kamakura, very close to Kita-Kamakura Station on the Yokosuka Line, and indeed the railway tracks cut across the formal entrance to the temple compound, which is by a path beside a pond which is crossed by a small bridge.


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Address: 409 Yamanouchi, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture 247-0247, Japan