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Mimurotoji Temple

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Address: 21 Todo Shigatani, Uji 611-0013, Kyoto Prefecture
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Temple of flowers

Mimurodo Temple is famous for its flowers: in May azalea, and in June hydrangea. As we visited there, azaleas were in full bloom, and the premises were turned into a carpet of... read more

Reviewed July 8, 2016
Kimitaka S

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Reviewed July 8, 2016

Mimurodo Temple is famous for its flowers: in May azalea, and in June hydrangea. As we visited there, azaleas were in full bloom, and the premises were turned into a carpet of flowers. If you visit this temple, you can combine it with other spots in Uji, such as Byodoin. The nearest station is Keihan Mimurodo (20 minutes' walk), but... More 

Thank Kimitaka S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

This beautiful place was such a delight after the fiasco that is the Golden Temple. There were no tour buses or school groups. In fact only about 1% of the visitors were tourists. And oasis of calm and beauty. The hydrangeas are blooming now, but I wish we could have seen the lotuses in flower. About 1-2 weeks more, I... More 

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Reviewed April 21, 2016

One of several interesting religious complexes sitting quietly in the shadow of the Phoenix, Mimurotoji contains hillside gardens, a three-tier pagoda, an amidadō, a large hondō, all prefectural level cultural heritage sites dating to the Edo-jidai. The pagoda is actually half-sized. It would make an exciting fort / playhouse for children / midgets.

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

Hydrangea flowers covers temples! The temples are located on the hill side. At the gate, you have to pay the entrance fee, $5. It worths it. In the June to July, you can see hydrangea blooming all over in the temple paths. You can climb stone stairs to see the temple on the top of the hill. Every angle of... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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Reviewed July 13, 2015

Visited July 3 and it was a little bit past full bloom so some of the hydrangea flowers had already fallen, but there were still some beautiful spots. The bright red ones were especially pretty, they must bloom a little later. Supposedly the garden has 10,000 hydrangea plants, as well as 20,000 azaleas, so April/May should be very pretty too.... More 

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Lancefield, Australia
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Reviewed June 30, 2015

We were here on 8 June and the hydrangeas were only about 25% in bloom. By late June we imagine that the garden would be a sea of colour. The huge banks of azaleas had finished flowering and had been trimmed, they still looked beautiful. We took a taxi from the railway station which delivered us to the wrong place,... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed June 17, 2015

Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers, so a short trek from Kyoto to Uji seemed justified. I was not disappointed. Other than there being lots of other flower seekers to contend with, this is a splendid temple in the hills of Uji. The hydrangea garden alone has thousands of plants, in every imaginable color. The lotus were in bloom... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

We took a taxi here from the station as it is more than a km from the JR station and we wanted to conserve our energy . The signature hydrangeas at the garden at end May had no blooms yet. I reckon it has to be close to end-June to see the full glory of the garden. After visiting the... More 

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Grenoble, Rhone-Alpes, France
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

Came here in on a Sunday evening from 7-8.30pm, which was exactly the right time. It was still daytime when we arrived, and nighttime when we left - so we got to experience a bit of both. The temple itself was closed but we came to view the garden, which is lit up on weekends so that visitors can come... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

But expensive! I went there during Summer, so there were huge pink lotus in front of the temple itself, they were really worth the trip. It's a very interesting temple because they have some exotic statues.

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