Jochiji Temple 浄智寺
A quiet Zen temple and the start of the Kamakura Daibutsu hiking trail
Surrounded by forest off the main road from Kita Kamakura Station, Jochiji Temple is a serene place to walk before starting a hike through the woods to the Great Buddha statue .
How to Get There
Take a 10-minute walk from JR Kita Kamakura Station, one stop north of JR Kamakura Station on the JR Yokosuka Line.
A key Zen temple in Kamakura and a branch of nearby Engakuji , the current buildings date to the 1920s. The original was built by Hojo Tokoyori, a principal member of the Kamakura Shogunate, in 1281 to honor the memory of his son, who died prematurely.
A stroll through the grounds
The grounds boast lush flowerbeds and bamboo groves, making them excellent for a quiet stroll. Look out for the statue of Hotei, whose large belly can bring good fortune when rubbed. For hikers, the hour-long Daibutsu hiking trail to the Great Buddha begins at Jochiji.