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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  • The Meigetsuin is also known as the Hydrangea Temple since it's covered in beautiful blue hydrangea flowers during Japan's rainy season in June. Many visitors will come to see the hundreds of... 
    The Meigetsuin is also known as the Hydrangea Temple since it's covered in beautiful blue hydrangea flowers during Japan's rainy season in June. Many visitors will come to see the hundreds of...  more »
  • My Japanese friend and I came here after lunch on a miserable Saturday mid-November. I was really impressed with the place. So much character and some lovely gardens including a bamboo forest and a... 
    My Japanese friend and I came here after lunch on a miserable Saturday mid-November. I was really impressed with the place. So much character and some lovely gardens including a bamboo forest and a...  more »
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  • A quiet and picturesque temple. There is a very famous spot where you can look at the pond through a window in the room. If you during the high season be prepared to share the space with other people.
  • Nice and peaceful atmosphere... Better to visit during autumn or spring... Entrance fee is bit expensive than other temples.

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