About Zuisen-ji Temple
Zuisen-ji Temple, founded by Muso Soseki [Muso Kokushi] in 1327, is a temple of high standing in the Kamakura Gozan as the Bodaiji temple of the Kamakura shogunate. The mountain name, Kinpyouzan, was named after the beautiful autumn foliage of the surrounding mountains, which looks like a brocade screen. You can also enjoy various flowers throughout the four seasons.
Muso Kokushi was a prominent Zen priest in the Kamakura to Nanboku-cho period who was deeply devoted to Emperor Go-Daigo and Ashikaga Takauji. He also demonstrated his talent in gardening. The garden behind the Buddha hall, excavated in 1970, was designated as a national scenic spot as Muso Kokushi’s work.
Zuisen-ji Temple is also known as the “Flower Temple,” and visitors can enjoy various flowers throughout the year.
Location: 710 Nikaido, Kamakura City
– By foot: 37 minutes from JR Kamakura Station
– By Keihin Kyuko Bus: From the east exit of Kamakura Station, take the 鎌20 bus [鎌倉駅-大塔宮] and get off at Daitounomiya (大塔宮), then walk 15 minutes.
Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Admission Fee: 200 yen for adults, 100 yen for children
・Nearby Shrines, Temples, and Other Sights
Kakuon-ji 覚園寺（21-minute walk）
Sugimoto-dera 杉本寺（21-minute walk）
・Cafes and restaurants around Zuisen-ji Temple