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Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)

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Address: 189 Yamanochi, Kamakura 247-0062, Kanagawa Prefecture
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Small place but nice

From Kita-Kamakura station, you will see the sign and about 15-minute walk. I would recommend to visit only in June. I was there on July 5. They were cutting off and most of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Jittima P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From Kita-Kamakura station, you will see the sign and about 15-minute walk. I would recommend to visit only in June. I was there on July 5. They were cutting off and most of the hydrengea were not beautiful as before. It must be nice if I could arrive earlier.

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La Mesa, CA.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I first visited this temple in the spring of 1964 +/- a year or so and have been back I am not sure how many times since. It is small, charming, beautiful, peaceful one of my favorite temples in all of Japan not just Kamakura. Get a map to find it,it is located to the south of the great temple... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

It was much better than I imagined, the whole temple grounds covered in mostly blue hydrangeas. However, it was also pretty crowded, even on a rainy Tuesday afternoon. You have to pay another 500 yen if you want to see the small inner garden which has irises also in full bloom in early June - mot a big garden, but... More 

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

Well worth the walk to visit! I visited this temple on a whim because it was a nice stroll away from Enkakuji, and never would I have thought I would have found my favorite temple. I guess because Meigetsu-in is so out of the way, very few people visit it. I was accompanied by a small group of school children... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

It's not just the round window in the picture shown. It's the absolutely serene garden which just takes your breathe away. I was there on a rainy, overcast day and it brightened my whole day. The walk up the tiny road to the temple is a beauty. Check out the houses on the way. There are some beautiful examples of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

Meigetsuin, founded in 1160, is a temple popular for flower viewing in its vast gardens. "For 37 years, I held the mirror of karma high. Now with a smash I break it to pieces, And the Great Path falls away." - Tokiyori Houjou, aka Kakuryoubou Dousuu, aka Saimyoujiden Sunkou Daizenjoumon, circa 1260.

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State College, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016

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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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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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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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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