Tentoku-in Temple

Opening hours: 09:00- 16:30 from March to November, 09:00 - 16:00 from December to February

Closed: Wednesday from December to February and New Year holiday (from 29 December to 3 January)

Address: 4-4-4 Kodatsuno, Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Post code: 920-0942

Admission: Adults 500 yen, Junior high school students 300 yen, children 200yen

Closest bus stop: Tentokuin-mae (天徳院前)

TENTOKU-IN TEMPLE

Tentoku-in is a Buddhist temple of Sotoshu (Buddhist school of Zen) in the historical city of Kanazawa. Maeda Toshitsune, the 3rd lord of the Kaga domain, built it in Kodatsunodai in the east of Kanazawa castle for his principal wife Tamahime (Princess Tama) who passed away when she was 24. Inside the temple you can see the Karakuri puppet (traditional Japanese mechanized puppet) play that tells the story of Tamahime’s life. The puppet play starts at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, and 16:00 (no performance at 16:00 from December to February). You can also enjoy Matcha tea (green tea from powder) in the Zashiki (Tatami floor) parlor, from where you can see the temple garden.    

 

Princess Tama was a granddaughter of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu and became the principal wife of Maeda Toshitsune. She moved to Kanazawa from Edo (present-day Tokyo) in 1601, and married Toshitsune. She then gave birth to three boys and five girls and it is believed that she was a good wife to Toshitsune. In 1622, after giving birth to her fifth daughter, she passed away. It is said that her nanny tricked her and made her believe that Toshitsune stopped coming to see her because he did not love her any more. She became weak and did not recover. She was only 24 when she died.