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Tokeiji Temple

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Address: 1367 Yamanouchi, Kamakura 247-0062, Kanagawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 467-22-1663
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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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Beautiful little temple

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
Washington DC, District of Columbia

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new york city
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 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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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 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 

1 Thank mari w
Krakow, Poland
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75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 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.

1 Thank El_Pablito
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2,573 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 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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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 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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98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 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 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 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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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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155 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

Tokeiji temple is near Kitakamakura station, on the road to Kamakura. It once served as a refuge for women seeking to divorce their husbands. The grounds are pretty, and there is a picturesque bell tower near the entrance. The temple and grounds are small, especially compared to Enkakuji (Engakuji) temple and other large temple complexes in Kamakura, and seems not... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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119 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

its relatively quite small, but admission only 100yen, can take a walk if have time

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