Kamakura Komyo-ji Temple

A Famous Temple, Known for Being a Cherry Blossom and Lotus Viewing Spot

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Temple

Komyo-ji Temple is a famous temple of the Jodo sect of Buddhism, and the temple is said to have been founded in 1243. It was founded by Ryochu Nen’a after Hojo Tsunetoki converted to Buddhism.
Built in 1698, the main hall is the largest remaining wooden structure in Kamakura, and it has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.
During spring cherry blossoms bloom, as do lotus during summer in the temple pond, providing a soothing sight to visitors.
Furthermore, the view from Mt. Tensho behind Komyo-ji Temple is absolutely stunning, and the mountain has ranked as one of Kanagawa’s top 50 scenic spots.
If you make a reservation, you can partake in a vegetarian meal and learn in a shakyo (sutra-copying) experience.

Highlights

  • Enjoy cherry blossoms during spring and lotus flowers in the summer.
  • The temple’s main hall has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.
  • Expansive temple grounds, located near the coast of Zaimokuza.

Photos

  • Sanmon, an Important Cultural Property of Kanagawa Prefecture

    Sanmon, an Important Cultural Property of Kanagawa Prefecture

  • Main hall, designated an Important Cultural Property of Japan

    Main hall, designated an Important Cultural Property of Japan

  • Lotus pond

    Lotus pond

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  • 苗苗

    蓮花池比繡球花更有看頭!

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Details

Name in Japanese
浄土宗大本山天照山蓮華院光明寺
Postal Code
248-0013
Address
6-17-19 Zaimokuza, Kamakura City, Kanagawa
Telephone
0467-22-0603
Admission
Free
Closed
None
Hours of Worship
April 1st-October 14th: 6:00am-5:00pm
October 15th-March 31st: 7:00am-4:00pm
(Temple Reception: 9:00am-4:00pm)
Access
From the #7 bus boarding area outside the east exit of the JR Yokosuka Line’s Kamakura Station, board the Keihin Kyuko bus going to Zushi Station via Kotsubo and ride for about 10 minutes. Temple is a 1-minute walk from the Komyo-ji-mae bus stop.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)