Meigetsu-in Temple, Kamakura

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At Meigetsu-in Temple, you'll have the opportunity to see vibrant blooms of hydrangeas and iris, along with a traditional Japanese Zen garden. Founded in 1160, it was originally built by a son in honor of his father, who had died in a power struggle between Taira and Minamoto clans. Overtime, it grew into a larger Buddhist temple complex, but this was diminished during the Meiji period, until only the original temple was left. Look out for the unusual circular window in the temple, which frames its inner garden in a pleasing manner. Bear in mind that the hydrangeas bloom during the rainy season in June, and that the inner garden of irises only opens twice a year for two weeks at a time: in June and again in late November - early December when the autumnal colors are in full swing. Arrange your visit to Meigetsu-in Temple and discover more family-friendly attractions in Kamakura using our Kamakura family vacation planner.
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  • July 27, 2017
    8:30, the, that already line from Kita-Kamakura station, walk about 10 minutes. Surrounded by a beautiful deep blue hydrangeas, explore the temple. Great crowd, but was healed.
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  • July 26, 2017
    Visited in late July after the rainy season yet, hydrangea care and ended the season. Can you imagine and there are green, so by the time would be so beautiful. And asked UNICEF contributions ¥ 300, figurines, however, in the nature of personal taste also seems like going up to the room to much artificiality. Is demerits.
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  • July 19, 2017
    On Saturday both at their best, Kita-Kamakura was crowded with many people in the rain. Than at the crossroads of the Middle 9:30 arrived in Kita-Kamakura station, walk along the railway, the road to the meigetsu arrived in front at the end. I would not remember only 11:30 time has come out, but lined up an hour before admission. Was the peak time came was shorter matrix, so? I think. While the environment up to the temple followed by column, slowly watching hydrangea. During the harvest moon Academy of blue are sometimes white or colored hydrangeas. Hydrangea heart shaped looks cute! When they reached the main porthole shot is pretty! Lines of visitors since it was opened to give garden donation to UNICEF after included. As you stroll across the round window is a little lonely since the time of the season is ended, film crew suppresses the urge to want to peered back. Scene seen in the photo is a stone by the way listed in guidebooks, hydrangeas bloom on both sides, but there is at the entrance of this group are filled with people, so couldn't see. Unfortunately. Lunch is soup near the shop or a shop for beef stew, and I was wondering is nowhere enough line, eventually moved to Kamakura station bus to the staff. I thought changing the season was difficult, but, I also want to go.
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  • June 19, 2017
    Tons of variety make this one of the best temples in the area and lots of fun for photographers. However, this also means that they get absolutely swamped during June and November (Hydrangea garden and fall foliage). Expect lineups and to be herded along during those times. Highlights include: their 'famous' round window, hydrangea paths, mini bamboo grove, stream, Japanese maples and...a rabbit enclosure? Worth visiting and braving the lineups.
  • June 11, 2017
    Busy during month of June where Hydrangea are in bloom. There was about a 20min queue to see the round " window". The tea and Japanese style sweet served here was pretty good, our matcha was served in a Hydrangea themed cup which was very fitting for the season! There is also a small area where they kept 2 rabbits which was unusual to see in a temple.
  • June 16, 2017
    The shape of flowers is not so good and the place is too small to hold tourists. But the bamboo was good! Cause I accidentally took a nice photo which I would like to share
  • June 24, 2017
    Calm and very green but coming here during hydrangea season is so crowded (see pictures) (definitely hydrangea adds beauty in the place)
  • November 5, 2016
    An easy 8-min walk from Kita-Kamakura station. Apparently very famous for their hydrangeas, but going on a crisp, autumn morning was very nice as well. The room with the round, open window is a must see; what a work of art! There were also bunnies, and a beautiful bamboo forest.

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