Founded in 1188, this Rinzai Zen temple is number 5 of the Kamakura Zen temples. The Kamakura branch of the Ashikaga family, the main powerholders in the Muromachi period, made it their family temple.

The Kisan-an, a tea house restored in recent years, is open to visitors. From the veranda, you can enjoy the view on the zen garden while having a bowl of matcha.

Contents of the book
  • Introduction
  • History of the temple
       -Five Zen Temple System
  • How Kamakura got its name (and which role Jōmyō-ji played)
  • The temple halls and treasures
      -Different roof shapes in Japan
  • The gardens
       -Kisen-an no niwa
       -English garden
  • Anika’s Impressions
  • Recommendations around Jōmyō-ji
       -Kamatari Inari Jinja
       -Stone Oven Garden Terrace
       -Ichijo Ekan Sanso
  • How to get there

  12 pages
24 photos
6 illustrations
14 MB

The eBook is delivered as PDF.

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How to get there
Take the bus 鎌23 from the Kamakura main station. After 6 stops (about 8 min), get off at the bus stop Jōmyō-ji (浄明寺). From the bus stop, walk up the next street on the left side until reaching the gate of Jōmyō-ji.

Opening times
9am – 4pm

100 Yen

EN: 8-31, Jomyoji 3-chome, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0003
JP: 〒248-0003 神奈川県鎌倉市浄明寺3丁目8−31