Chokokuji Temple Pagoda - Chokoku-ji is a vast temple compound of Rinazai sect of Zen Buddhism in Saitama, just north of Tokyo. It was once associated with the Ashikaga and Tokugawa families and is now a part of Kenchoji Kamakura branch of Rinzai. Rather than a mere tourist attraction, it is an active temple and monastery despite the fact that it is a very attractive place with landscaped Japanese gardens, an impresive gate with carved wooden bas reliefs. Behind the main hall there is an expansive Zen garden, though it is rarely open to visitors but can be seen from the side of the building. Chokokuji has a fine three storey pagoda on its domain.