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Meigetsu-in Temple, Kamakura

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Religious Site
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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  • It's easy to reach the temple from the JR Kita-Kamakura station. Hydrangea is every where in Kamakura in June, it's like a classical garden in the temple.  more »
  • Nice temple - rather small compared to the other ones around but you gain some special intimacy with this temple. Enjoyable walk in the garden and park. This temple is apparently famous for its blue/p...  more »
  • Taking JR train from Tokyo in an hour, reached Kitakamakura Station, where another famous Engakuji Temple lies in front of the station. Meigetsuin is 500 meter away or 10 minutes walk from the station...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 沢山の方が拝観して下さるのはとても嬉しい事であり、お寺が綺麗であり続ける為にもとても重要な事なのですが… 檀家の私たちにとっては、本日悲しい思いをしました。 紫陽花が見頃の梅雨の季節、ものすごい長蛇の列ができます。お寺の方からのご配慮で、並ばずにお進みください。と通されますがお寺への入り口は一般の方と同じ拝観料を支払う入り口からの為、勿論ご存知ない方は"後ろからカツカツ歩いてきてなんなのあの人達。"、"横入りだ。"なんてわざわざ聞こえるように後ろから言ってくる方もいました。 今回は、謝罪とお墓参りに来た旨ご説明させて頂きました。 だったらわざわざピーク時に来なければいい。と思われるかも知れませんし、ごもっともだと思います。ですが、わざわざこの時期に来る理由も私たちにはあります。 背中に檀家です。と書いてあれば、喪服でお参りにくれば、皆様にご納得いただけるのでしょうか。 長い時間並ばれている中、横入りされるのは勿論迷惑行為かも知れません。 ですが、観光だけでお寺に入るわけではないということ。いろんな思いで、明月院に足を運んでいる人がいるという事をぜひ皆様に知っていて頂きたいと思いコメントさせて頂きます。
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Quiet, far less people than other temples. Beautiful surroundings.