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Tokeiji Temple

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Address: 1367 Yamanouchi, Kamakura 247-0062, Kanagawa Prefecture
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This temple once served as a shelter for abused wives, who were able to...

This temple once served as a shelter for abused wives, who were able to divorce their husbands by staying here for three years.

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Tranquil gardens.

I got to Tokeiji Temple early in the morning (8.30 am) and had the place pretty much to myself, which was very lovely. The gardens are great. I didn't get to see the treasure... read more

Reviewed 25 May 2016
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Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 25 May 2016

I got to Tokeiji Temple early in the morning (8.30 am) and had the place pretty much to myself, which was very lovely. The gardens are great. I didn't get to see the treasure chest because it only opened at 9.30 am, but I enjoyed the gardens.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2016

As one of the first temple I have seen after leaving the train at Kita-Kumakura, I could not resist and visited it. Relaxing and quiet even when other major temples get crowded with tourists.

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new york city
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2015

This Zen temple was formerly a nunnery and refuge for women, and only women were allowed on the grounds. Now, for 200 yen admission you can spend time in a peaceful hilly spot , not crowded , planted with carefully tended flowers, bushes & impressive tall junipers. A short climb up stone stairs brings you to a small cemetery &... More 

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Fujisawa, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2015

Tokeiji is very short walking distance from Kitakamakura station. You climb some stairs to the entrance and pay 200 yen. The temple grounds are narrow, and you keep thinking you've reached the end, but the grounds continue into the mountain. The grounds are perfectly manicured with many different flowers in season. Some flowers, I'd never seen before. There are a... More 

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Krakow, Poland
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Reviewed 24 May 2015 via mobile

The temple is small and look pretty similar to the other ones in Kamakura, but step in the backyard and you'll find pretty nice, old zen cemetery, located in a shady forest. Ask staff for grave of D.T. Suzuki - famous Zen master who was the first who popularized Zen teachings on the West at the beginning of XX century.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 11 May 2015

Drop by if you are passing but don't come on purpose as it is a smaller and less interesting temple than others. I liked the backyard with a cemetery and beautiful landscaping.

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Kobe, Japan
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Reviewed 10 November 2014

I visited this small temple as part of a Kamakura tour with Tokyo Way. The group went to Tokeiji after visiting the nearby Engakuji. This smaller temple is a companion temple, originally opened by Engakuji's head monk's wife. The temple itself is rather small, but it has a wonderful history as one of the only Women Shelters in Edo Japan.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Tokeiji Temple (I suppose it would be a convent in Western terms) is a satellite temple of Engakuji Temple, on the opposite (west) side of the road from the main temple. It was founded in the 13th century and during the Edo period it was apparently used a shelter for abused women wishing to divorce, which was granted if the... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2013

The real hidden treasure at Tokei-ji temple is the gorgeous wooden cemetery towards the back of the temple grounds. It's amazing to see how everything is built around nature, as opposed to nature growing around the family graves and footpaths. It's an excellent place to contemplate centuries of nature. The temple is quite beautiful in its simplicity, as well.

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Reviewed 23 December 2012

The Tokei-ji temple is much smaller than the nearby Enjkaku-ji complex, and not really worth the admission fee to the casual visitor. Famous for its gardens (as well as the ability for ladies to have historically petitioned it for a divorce), November was probably the wrong month to visit, with very little still in flower - just a few straggly... More 

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