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Tokeiji Temple

1367 Yamanouchi, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture 247-0062, Japan
+81 467-22-1663
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Ranked #10 of 80 Attractions in Kamakura
Type: Religious Sites, Zoos, Cultural
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Owner description: 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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Kobe, Japan
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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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149 helpful votes 149 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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39 helpful votes 39 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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78 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 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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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011 via mobile

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

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