Beautifully colored temple by hydrangeas.
I took my mother to Kamakura for viewing hydrangeas last week.
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.
My mother left me and went ahead 🙁
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).
She left me and paid the admission fee (200 yen) and entered the temple. So, almost all photos had my mother’s back :p
Small and colorless temple have bright hydrangeas. Those were beautiful.
Compared with Meigetsuin and Hasedera that are the most popular temple, there were not many people and it was calm.
I got Gosyuin, too 🙂
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)