Tokeiji, which belongs to the Engaku-ji school of Rinzai Buddhism, was founded in 1285 by the nun Kakusan-ni, the widow of Hojo Tokimune. In Japan during the feudal era, it was difficult for women to obtain a divorce; however, the Temple Divorce Code stipulated that women who fled from their husbands to a temple and spent three years living a religious life in the temple could obtain a divorce. This law was not abolished until the Meiji period, so over a period of about six centuries, large numbers of women who had been abused by their husbands were able to seek refuge at the Tokeiji. The temple still retains must of its original atmosphere, and visitors are met by a wide variety of beautiful flowers; particularly large numbers of people visit the Tokeiji on April 8th, the day of the Hana Matsuri (“Flower Festival”).
Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yamanouchi 1367 (Shonan / KamakuraArea)
- Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yamanouchi 1367 [ map ]
- open everyday
- Admission feeAdults200yen, Elementary and junior high school students100yen
Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN
- On foot aboutminutes
- about m
- View route from Station View route from Bus Stop View route from IC View route from Parking
Nearby Tourist Attractions
Kanagawa Main Areas
Kanagawa prefecture acts as an extension of the Tokyo metropolis that spills over into coastal towns, most notably Yokohama city, heavily populated and known for its Chinatown and seaside attractions. Just the right distance for a day trip out of Tokyo, Kanagawa is home to some of Tokyo’s most accessible beaches, including around Kamakura, best known for its Big Buddha. Visitors can also travel a little farther afield for a weekend at Hakone onsen town.