Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), Kamakura

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At Meigetsuin (Hydrangea 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 Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) to your Kamakura travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kamakura visit planning app .
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  • Hasedera Temple and is famous for hydrangea Temple. "Hydrangea Temple" represent the Kamakura at meigetsu and be uniform: solid blue is a brilliant hydrangea said about 2,500 shares at will? Japan is called "hymeazisay" the most ancient breeds are like.
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  • Mid-June, hydrangea in Kamakura. There was already line is headed to arrive (8:00) ago opening 30 minutes in line. (So I can't see the entrance) was affected also had been introduced in the 5:30 news this morning, what? 8:30 just open. Pay the admission fee at the reception desk to move forward slowly and impose a two, aimed at those famous steps. Couldn't take a picture of a stair, photographers with big cameras in the front row sat was taken, so good at is the photographer and I, so there was no one thanks to the people who are to walk down stairs You could take the stairs nobody photography. Not a single person because they are all lined up one morning this landscape is looking for each other reservedly afterwards, walk down the stairs. Take pictures of hydrangeas and the stone of time someone filled with walking was not going one morning to recommend the. Following the shooting spot's porthole and hydrangea. We have also crowded, in sequential order, to shoot. Have seen the iris garden, was published at the same time. This takes admission in another. IRIS is just bloom, full bloom. It was very beautiful. In side by side, season of hydrangea meigetsu matrix is inevitable, but still well worth seeing. I lined the morning go one is recommended.
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  • Basically the purple sun bloom must be a crowded monastery even the Japanese themselves will come to Kamakura barn shoot enough. So tens don't come too late, this time from Shinjuku, to the Kamakura barn after the start of lunch and then, it's about 2, a lot of crowds, take the beauty to the angle, so time is much more than expected, and the steps have to move with each other. It is best to appreciate the flowers before 12 o ' clock in the morning and then edit the itinerary of other Kamakura barn. or want to barn in a day to promote Kamakura Barn + Jiang Island is also, the itinerary is also more smooth, can be seen in the River Island after sunset back to the city when the day is the flowering season, basically from the North Kamakura Barn 烏丸御池駅 crowd are all to the bright moonlight courtyard direction, not difficult to find; even if not, there are signs to guide, since the novice is not a problem
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  • Very beautifully curated gardens. A quiet temple but definitely worth seeing. The circular window opening beautifully frames the inner garden which I did not get to see completely.
  • Went here in Autumn on a Friday. Lots of people who were taking pictures. A line up to take a picture of "the window". Entrance fee 500 like most of the temples in Kamakura.
  • A few points I would like to make here. When walking here from Kita-Kamakura Station, take your time and enjoy the walk. The whole area is beautiful, especially around autumn. Why visit here? Flowers! If you love seasonal blooms then by all means visit this temple every season, especially in summer. You can enjoy the hydrangea and Iris when in season. If you visit here on the weekends you’ll most likely see a long line leading up to the viewing room. I wouldn’t recommend it personally since if you are tall enough you can take a photo then crop out what you don’t need. But if you are wanting a professional angle than you need to wait in line then you can get a better picture. The real draw here are all the scenic photo angles with different scenery and affect, so this place is a photographers paradise no matter what season. There is also a tea house for sweets and matcha. 700 yen / $7 USD. This temple is relatively small, so this could be an easy afternoon walk. If you are a history buff then the temple is a must. Temple area here is the largest tomb in Kamakura with images of the Buddha carved into the rocks. If you are planning a visit, June is the best season!
  • 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.

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