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. PutTokeiji Temple into our Kamakura trip site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
Tokeiji Temple Reviews
This nunnery is a quiet break from the rest of Kamakura. It some of the most peaceful walking on moss covered cobblestone I've ever done. There's also a cave that you should definitely take the time..... more »
I visited this temple because of the book The Ninja Scrolls by Yamada Futuro and the role this temple played at the start of the story The visit was beyond my expectations. Very different from many... more »
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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