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. Add Meigetsu-in Temple to your Kamakura travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kamakura visit planning app .
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  • From the Kita-Kamakura station-10 minute walk. Can't do it out of the main gate, ticket purchase with your left hand. With a gentle slope to the rising main. Before the temple's Zen Garden. Squirrels are around Temple wall and roof. Squirrel feeding grounds. 笹rinndou was just at this seasonal flowers. I finished it is Hirta, Maple started to color a little bit.
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  • Hydrangea time is pretty crowded, walked in single file and proceed. Also take photos can take a very crowded. They sell kinntsuba in the vicinity of the entrance, you gave me.
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  • First of all the entry fee is 500 yen which is one of the highest in Kamakura and Japan, respectively. Second, the garden is relatively small since there are "no-entry"-sights everywhere. You can't go...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Calm and very green but coming here during hydrangea season is so crowded (see pictures) (definitely hydrangea adds beauty in the place)
  • 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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