In feudal times, when women could not divorce their husbands,
Tokeiji Temple became a refuge where women could enter to escape a bad marriage.
For 600 years until the Meiji Restoration in the late 1800s, the temple continued in this role of “Divorce Temple.”
In earlier times, men were prohibited from entering the temple and the entrances were heavily guarded,
but after World War II, the temple grounds were redeveloped to turn it into a “temple of flowers.”
Today, it welcomes many tourists and has become one of Kamakura’s most famous spots, recognized as a Michelin three-star attraction.
About 4 minutes walk from Kita-Kamakura Station
About 25 minutes from Kamakura Prince Hotel by car