Hondo-ji Temple

Hondo-ji Temple, Matsudo

Hondo-ji Temple
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Christopher D
Jakarta, Indonesia73 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
very nice place, not crowded at all so you can enjoy the flowers without any excessive noise, there is a field where you can hear crickets
Written July 2, 2017
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Akimopiko
13 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
Visited the temple yesterday to enjoy the hydrangeas.
They are in full bloom now. And there are sya-bu flowers in full bloom as well. The sun was out, great weather, beautiful flowers everywhere, great day for walking around the temple.Really recommend this temple. The small street leading up to the temple have lots of pickles made from the locally grown vegies, local food for samples. All the friendly vendors are handling out free food samples and most are delicious, so you will probably end up buying them to bring home! They also provide free tea and places for you to sit and relax. The temple is about 7 to 8 minutes walk from the North Exit of the Kita Kogane station(Chiyoda Line/JR Joban Line).
Written June 17, 2017
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Vermont6,739 contributions
Dec 2015 • Couples
On the walk to the temple from Kita-Kagome station follow a narrow lane which becomes even narrower along a sidewalk lined with huge trees, some of which are cryptomeria. It was a nice tunnel of trees, obviously old, and fairly quiet despite the occasional passing car.

The road was lined with mostly two-story houses and the occasional commercial building. Eventually the road jogged slightly to the left, and we saw a sign decorated with hydrangeas, for which the temple is famous. It seemed to indicate another 200 meter walk.

Finally around a bend we saw the outer gate of the temple at the end of a long block of greenhouses. The gate was framed in momiji in good color. There were many many photographers with tripods, which we had scarcely seen on this trip to other important koyo sites. Descending the broad range of steps just behind the gate we found a phalanx of more photographers with cameras set up waiting for the moment when they could shoot the gate with no people.

For the rest of our visit to the temple we ran into the same thing - wherever there was color there were lots of photographers. I think we saw more tripods and more photographers here than anywhere else on this trip. The temple grounds are large and the garden expansive with much variety. Be sure to take your time to visit all areas on all levels - the pagoda, the cemetery, covered walkways, main hall, pond, stupa, pergola, hidden stele and memorial stones, tunnels, a small waterfall and, of course, momiji and ginkgos.

We spent about 3 hours here strolling in the gardens and photographing. If there were fewer visitors we might have spent less time because we wouldn’t have had to wait for the people to get out the way of our photographing.

It’s more than the 10 minute walk we’d read it was from Kita-Kagome station to this large temple complex. Ask directions from someone on the street - it’s not difficult, but it’s not marked so far as we could tell.

Entrance - ¥500 per person.
Written November 11, 2016
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rohsagent
London, UK150 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
We went in June. Whilst we could see the potential of the place, the plants were not in full bloom, perhaps falling foul to the heavy rain. We were left with only the husk of blooming plants, it made me think that they should not have charged the entry fee if the main attractions ( the flowers) are not in full bloom. There is the shrine and a small water fall too.
Written January 3, 2015
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moabgohan
7 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
We loved the Sakura and the peaceful atmosphere. Don’t miss the gold top of one building. It is pretty stroller friendly too.
Written April 2, 2019
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Glenn-P-Tokyo
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan142 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
If you wait too long way into December to see the Fall’s colors, don’t fret! Go to Hondoji which is just outside of Tokyo. We went in December 9th and still plenty of yellow, red and green colors! Look at my pics!
Written December 8, 2018
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GrowingRing
Tokyo, Japan41 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
This temple is famous as hydrangeas Temple its because there are over 50,000 of hydrangeas. You can enjoy many type of hydrangeas. If you are lucky you can also enjoy Irish flowers.
I saw many many maple tress. autumnal
I would like to visit here to see autumn season to to autumnal tints next time.
Written June 22, 2016
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Australiafrancophile
Australia872 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
I went yesterday,a weekday.The hydrangeas are at their peak.The ones in full sun were slightly past their peak.
The irises were completely finished.
It is off the beaten track and there weren't many people.I was the only Westerner.
I saw the hydrangeas at Hakone today and I prefer Hondoji.
There are a lot of maples so it is probably nice in autumn too.
The nearest station is Kita-Kogane (JR).
Written June 20, 2015
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