Zuisenji was founded by Muso Kokushi, a leading Zen master of his time and one of Japan's most famous garden designers. The temple is known for its pure Zen rock garden behind the temple's main hall, designed by Muso himself. The temple furthermore attracts with its many flowers and blooming trees in the other parts of the temple grounds, including a large number of plum trees.
Zuisenji is located in the far east of Kamakura, rather distant from Kamakura Station.
It takes about 45-50 minutes to reach Zuisenji by foot from Kamakura Station or about 30 minutes from Hachimangu Shrine. The temple can also be reached via the attractive Tenen hiking trail which starts at Kenchoji and leads through the wooded hills north of Kamakura in about 60-90 minutes.
The closest bus station to Zuisenji is located at Kamakura-gu Shrine. From there, the temple can be reached on foot in about 10-15 minutes.