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Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)

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Address: 189 Yamanochi, Kamakura 247-0062, Kanagawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 467-24-3437
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Known for its hydrangeas, but there's more...

Kamakura can get very busy on weekends, so I was pleasantly surprised to get a break from the crowds at Meigetsuin. I was there in October, so I didn't get to see what must be a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 1, 2015
Leonard G
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New York

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State College, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One has to visit this temple in Kamakura. Besides the beautiful courtyards, the amazing trees and nice gardens, pay attention to those Japanese poems (Haiku) all over the place. I love the one from The Tale of Heike. You shall also have a tea in the magic tea hall, the one shown in the picture above. It is such a... More 

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New York
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35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Kamakura can get very busy on weekends, so I was pleasantly surprised to get a break from the crowds at Meigetsuin. I was there in October, so I didn't get to see what must be a spectacular hydrangea bloom. There were just a few late fall flowers in an autumn garden, but still, this was one of my favorite Kamakura... More 

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new york city
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57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Lovely & lush plantings, a small dry garden , caves in the surrounding rock wall, a bamboo glade, several temple buildings & the famous Moon viewing window make this temple worth a visit. It's easy to find near Kita-Kamakura station. I imagine it is very crowded in the spring when the hydrangeas are in bloom, but it's very picturesque in... More 

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San Diego, California
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93 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I was amazed by the flowers in this temple, you just can get enough of them, there is a little irises garden behind the hall, you have to pay to enter and if you really love flowers go for it. Also there is a little bamboo walk. Gorgeous. Small temple but pretty.

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Hoboken, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Was there during one of the two weeks a year the rear flower gardens are open to the public. Otherwise it's a little out of the way and I wouldn't seek it out.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We went on an overcast day in mid-June. Beautiful flowers in full bloom cover the whole hillside. It was crowded, but apparently it gets MORE crowded. They had ropes setup for larger expected crowds. It would not have been as enjoyable if we had to wait in a long line.

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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Although we were there end of May, so more or less hydrangea and iris season, nothing was in bloom and then this is the least interesting garden in Kamakura.

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Thank Jurgen B
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

It was quite a long walk from Kita Kamakura station, but it was worth it. Plenty of Japanese tourists streaming from the place. Tons of flowers and good photo taking opportunity!

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Presov, Slovakia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

From Kita-Kamakura station 10 minutes by walk or from Kenchoji Temple 20 minutes by walk. There is not to much people, very nice garden, hall Ayuda with thatch roof, very nice circle window.

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Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

A natural visit of going to enkakuji temple located also nearby the kamakura station. This temple is known for the flowers arranged around the grounds, but you'll also notice many bunny statues adorned throughout. I didn't find as interesting as the others, but scenery here is pleasant an peaceful.

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