Tokeiji Temple, Kamakura

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Established in 1285, the Buddhist temple and nunnery of Tokeiji Temple notably acted as a refuge for women who were abused by their husbands. After the death of her husband, nun Kakusan-ni opened the temple in his memory, and it became a refuge for abused wives who sought divorce, which was not allowed in those days. Here you can reflect on the important social role this temple in particular performed (taking in over 2,000 women during the Edo period alone), and wander the peaceful, picturesque gardens, which offer year-round blooms of flowers. Put Tokeiji Temple into our Kamakura trip site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • It is about 200 metres from Kita-Kamakura Station, and engakuji temple is across the Yokosuka Line. Like Enmeiji, it is the Rinzai Sect Enmeiji temple school, but this is a famous temple as a nun temple. In the fourth year of meiji, "Edge-cut Temple Law" was abolished, and the amaji Tokeiji temple was widely known by the name of the inlet temple and the edge cutting temple though the curtain was closed. If the opening of Enmeiji temple is a relentless Hojo Tose, this is the opening of Tokeijiji Temple, which is the opening of the Hojo Tosse's wife's sense of the nun. In addition, Enkakuji temple is ranked in the second place of Kamakura Gozan, but Tokei-ji temple is the second place of Kamakura Nungoyama. To this point, Tokeiji temple is like the nunji version of Enmeiji Temple. The atmosphere of the temple is quite different, and it is not a solemn impression like Enkaku-ji temple, but it is an elegant, gentle, and gentle atmosphere which seems to be a nun temple which is covered with a lot of trees. Admission was 200 yen for adults and 100 yen for elementary and junior high school students. In the precincts like a botanical garden, the building was quite sober, but it is a wonderful temple that calms down. I want to see it in various seasons.
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  • I didn't know it was a fledgling temple for women in the past. It's interesting to know the history. It's not that big, but it seems to be blooming all year round. There is a taste. It seems to be able to do the sutra, too.
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  • Famous for its historical temples and Shrine, Kamakura is also popular as Plum flower spot. Best example is Tokeiji Temple. I really enjoyed the beautiful plum colors of red, pink and white with sweet smell. 😍💕
  • Costs a small fee. Named "divorce temple", as it is said that abused women seeking divorce were coming to hide in this place and found a safe heaven there. The entrance seems to be small, but the temple is actually vast. No massive buildings, but nice wooden ones, a huge bronze bell that you can't ring, and a small outside daibutsu (Buddha statue). At the back, a museum-souvenir shop, hosting some ancient delicately carved wooden daibutsu. Don't stop there! If you walk a little further deep in the valley, you'll find a lovely and wide terraced area in the woods, that is the cemetery. Plethora of old tombs, with some modern ones, stairs, moss, small statues, and a total silence, only broken by the birds' song. Fantastic place to refresh, away from the all modern civilization and noise. If you like sports, you'll find the tomb of the first Japanese citizen who got a gold medal at the Olympic games, Oda Mikio.
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