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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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  • When I interviewed a variety of colors, such as purple, white and red flowers bloom. Hanging cherry blossom, hydrangea, still had plenty of blossoms is also a place to explore. Entering and proceeding to the left taking a break at the shop uses, lol. It was a very nice shop.
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  • Visit Kamakura in the autumn season of meigetsu also stopped in. The autumn tint from a porthole to shoot waiting in line. If you want to take a slow week might be good.
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  • Spacious grounds. And a squirrel, I was surprised. Your garden is beautiful. Get into the garden behind the main hall is a little disappointing. They planted many flowers are exploring fun.
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  • 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.
  • It was totally beautiful in summer with hydrangeas, though it was also crazily crowded.
  • A must visit place for your temple hopping pilgrim
  • Live in the city, and June "because I want to see the hydrangea meigetsu wanting to guide", and there are things said. At this time, turn the meigetsu, from the front of the temple with queue. Entering the temple and flowers of the hydrangea people head count revealed there. Stroll the hydrangea meigetsu of recommended that the in-, and complaining about family and... It's different. Suppliers are somewhere in it does not want to see Nora hydrangeas in bloom, "hydrangea meigetsu" I want to see. It was, and admonished. Remove the hydrangea time now, thought it would be about becoming and want to worship quietly think somewhat.
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  • The meigetsu inferred have been founded in the mid-14th century. Also known as ajisai Temple is famous too. Now remains only this meigetsu originally was one of the Sub-temples of the temple was established by Tokimune Hojo in the Kamakura period. June is exactly what meigetsu-. Too crowded, watch the hydrangea is not. Also here the rare Japan Princess hydrangea variety seems to. Small blue colors of flowers. I went in April and had.
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