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Tokeiji東慶寺

Temple

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”).

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Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yamanouchi 1367 (Shonan / KamakuraArea)

phone 0467335100
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[Mar.-Oct.]8:30-17:00
[Nov.-Feb.]8:30-16:00

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Address
Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yamanouchi 1367 [ map ]
Area
Shonan / KamakuraArea
Phone
0467335100
Hours
[Mar.-Oct.]8:30-17:00
[Nov.-Feb.]8:30-16:00
Closed
open everyday
Fees
Admission feeAdults200yen, Elementary and junior high school students100yen

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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