Before Zen's introduction to Japan, Buddhism had already had a long history in Japan dating back to the 5th century. The new teachings of Zen, promoted meditation and discipline as the means to enlightenment and became very popular with the samurai class, which was exerting political power through the shogunate government based in Kamakura.
Today the temple still stands, survived the Atomic explosion relatively undamaged and has a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere about it. There are a lot of steps to negate but this is one of the thrills of walking around the location to look and investigate each and every building on display. The building have a lot of intricate details that can only be observed up close and personal so i recommend visitors come and take their time walking around the area.
Well worth a visit and a leisurely stroll around the outer grounds.
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A secondary Building