Hokokuji Temple is a Buddhist Temple in Kamakura. It is probably most famous for its bamboo garden.
Once you enter through the torii, there is a small narrow path leading you past some statues and a small bamboo water feature.
The temple and grounds are somewhat small. There are small stone statues adorning the courtyard area in front of the temple.
Past the temple is another smaller courtyard with a tree and a very small rock “garden”.
Beyond that, is Hokokuji most famous feature, the bamboo forest.
Through the thicket of bamboo lies a small tea house where, for a small fee, you can enjoy a glass a matcha while contemplating life and enjoying the view of the bamboo forest.
After leaving the tea house, the trail leads through more bamboo and onto another garden.
This garden peers out to three small caves, which are inaccessible to visitors.
The path then leads to a tranquil rock Zen garden.
Hokokuji is quite far away from Kamakura station, and the other main sites that I visited. It was somewhat disappointing in that I was expecting the bamboo forest and grounds to be a lot larger.
If not pressed for time however, I would recommend a visit as the grounds are very calming, relaxing and beautiful.