Kamakura Hydrangea Festival (1/3) : Tokeiji temple (東慶寺)

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Beautifully colored temple by hydrangeas.

I took my mother to Kamakura for viewing hydrangeas last week.

Hydrangea 2, Tokeiji temple, Kita Kamakura (Kamakura Hydrangea 2016)

先週、母と鎌倉にあじさいを見に行ってきました(^o^)

We visited three temples named Meigetsuin, Hasedera and Tokeiji those are popular as “Ajisai-dera” (hyrangeas temple)

Though we went to there on Friday – Saturday, it was really crowded.
Many of them visited there for viewing hydrangeas.

Because it kept rain until the previous day, I was anxious about the weather, but fortunately or unfortunately, it was fine and the temperature was near 30 degrees C !

Too fine ! The shiny sun made me hot !

At first, we went to Tokeiji temple. It is nunnery. It’s just close to Kita Kamakura station next to Kamakura station.

Appearance, Kita Kamakura station, Kita Kamakura (Kamakura Hydrangea 2016)

My mother left me and went ahead 🙁

Entrance, Tokeiji temple, Kita Kamakura (Kamakura Hydrangea 2016)

写真を撮ってる間に母はどんどん先に(;’∀’)

It is called a “Kakekomi (run away) dera” and “Enkiri (divorce) dera” because it has been a Buddhist temple to which wives ran away for refuge from their cruel husbands and had a right to give refuge to women who will soon be divorced. (There was no way except for women to divorce on their own will until Edo period).

Stairs, Tokeiji temple, Kita Kamakura (Kamakura Hydrangea 2016)

東慶寺は駆け込み寺・縁切り寺と呼ばれる尼寺です。明月院や長谷寺に比べてとても小さく人も少ないです。

She left me and paid the admission fee (200 yen) and entered the temple. So, almost all photos had my mother’s back :p

Ticket, Tokeiji temple, Kita Kamakura (Kamakura Hydrangea 2016)

親がずんずん進んで入場料を払ってナカへ…(;´・ω・) おかげで、ほとんどの写真に母の後ろ姿が(笑)

Small and colorless temple have bright hydrangeas. Those were beautiful.

Hydrangea 3, Tokeiji temple, Kita Kamakura (Kamakura Hydrangea 2016)

アジサイは多くありませんが、鬱蒼としたお寺の中で映えます(#^.^#)

Hydrangea 4, Tokeiji temple, Kita Kamakura (Kamakura Hydrangea 2016)

Worship hall.

Worship hall, Tokeiji temple, Kita Kamakura (Kamakura Hydrangea 2016)

本堂もアジサイに彩られてました!青がきれい!

Compared with Meigetsuin and Hasedera that are the most popular temple, there were not many people and it was calm.

Alley, Tokeiji temple, Kita Kamakura (Kamakura Hydrangea 2016)

静かなお寺でした。

Forest, Tokeiji temple, Kita Kamakura (Kamakura Hydrangea 2016)

I got Gosyuin, too 🙂

Gosyuin, Tokeiji temple, Kita Kamakura (Kamakura Hydrangea 2016)

御朱印ももらいました(#^.^#)

About Tokeiji temple (東慶寺)

Address / 1367 Yamanouchi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Station / Kita Kamakura station (JR)
Open / March – October 8:30-17:00, November – February 8:00 – 16:00
Closed / no scheduled
Website / http://www.tokeiji.com/english/about/ (in English)

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