Mysterious Mossy Garden of Tokeiji Temple 東慶寺 in Kamakura 鎌倉 Kanagawa 神奈川 Prefecture, Japan

Tokeiji Temple 東慶寺 Sightseeing
Tokeiji Temple 東慶寺
Tokeiji Temple 東慶寺

They have been keeping the scenery of the garden and cemetery in a very traditional and ancient style. It looks like a mysterious remains.
This temple space is compact and simple but the garden is my favorite and I highly recommend this.

Other popular temples have renovated beautiful houses, spacious gardens and cemeteries. There are traditional designs but newer ones sometimes look too artificial.

Tokeiji Temple 東慶寺

I have been to many temples and shrines in Japan. Tokeiji Temple 東慶寺 is one of my favorite temples.

Tokeiji Temple 東慶寺

Of course, the moss garden is maintained by a gardener, but the atmosphere is much more natural and mysterious than other temples.

Tokeiji Temple 東慶寺

Japanese gravestones

Tokeiji Temple 東慶寺

Unique grave

Tokeiji Temple 東慶寺

Entrance gate

Tokeiji Temple 東慶寺
Tokeiji Temple 東慶寺
Tokeiji Temple 東慶寺

Beautiful garden

Tokeiji Temple 東慶寺

Usually tourists go sightseeing to famous and gorgeous temples and shrines around this area. Therefore, this temple is quieter and has fewer people.

Tokeiji Temple 東慶寺

You can enjoy the temple without noise.
If you like this type of place, you have to visit this temple when you are in and around Tokyo.

Tokeiji Temple 東慶寺

Temple name
Matsuokayama TOKEIJI TEMPLE 松岡山 東慶寺

Website (in Japanese)

北鎌倉 松岡山東慶寺
北鎌倉 東慶寺。初春の梅、初夏の花菖蒲など四季折々の花が咲く。坐禅会や茶道・香道等の体験教室も開催。
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The nearest station is Kita-kamakura 北鎌倉 Station. It is a good idea to take a walk from Kita-kamakura Station 北鎌倉 to Kamakura 鎌倉 Station. There are some sightseeing spots, restaurants and cafes.

It takes about 1 hour from Shinjuku 新宿 Station (central Tokyo area) to Kita-kamakura Station, and the cost is 920 yen by train.

Photos were taken in July (Summer), 2016

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