Number 10 on the Kamakura 33 Kannon pilgrimage, Hokokuji is one of Kamakura’s most peculiar temples. Secluded and located in the eastern hills of Kamakura, Hokokuji was founded in 1334 and, like many other temples in the region, it suffered badly as a result of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake.
What’s so special about this temple is that it features a bamboo grove strengthened by more than 2,000 moso bamboo, that is hidden in plain sight. Only accessible from a small entrance on the left side of the main hall, this grove, or as many people like to call it, this bamboo ‘forest’ offers more than just one of the most gorgeous views than you can find in Kamakura. It also also hosts a small green tea coffee shop where you can enjoy one of Kamakura’s finest cups of Japanese tea while enjoying the view.