Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)

Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)

Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)
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  • Time of Travel
    Tokyo Prefecture, Japan16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    東京周辺のあじさいの名所でもっともすばらしい場所
    東京周辺のあじさいの名所でもっともすばらしい場所。緑を背景に、背丈より高いあじさい2500本が花を咲かせています。喧騒や街並から遠く、日常を忘れて、あじさいと向き合い、あじさいに包まれます。明月院ブルーと呼ばれるあじさいの色味も美しい。石段付近は、有名な写真スポットで、人のいない写真を撮影しようとするカメラ小僧が、通行をブロックしていますが、寺は通行を禁止していないので、堂々と通ってください。両側からあじさいが迫る中、少しずつ上昇して行く体験が、すばらしい。 別料金となる奥の庭園に入らない拝観者も多いようですが、あじさいに加え、花菖蒲も花を咲かせ、鎌倉らしい山が迫った谷戸の雰囲気も風情があります。 This is the most wonderful place to see hydrangeas around Tokyo. 2,500 hydrangeas taller than you are blooming against a green background. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can forget about your daily life by the hydrangeas which envelope you. The color of the hydrangeas, called Meigetsu-in Blue, is also beautiful. The stone steps' approach is a famous photo spot, and photo geeks trying to take photos without people block the way, but the temple does not prohibit passage, so please go through without reserve. It is a wonderful experience to rise little by little between hydrangeas on both sides. Many visitors do not enter the garden at the back, which requires a separate fee. In addition to hydrangeas, irises are also blooming there, and the atmosphere of the shallow valley with the hills approaching is typical of Kamakura and tasteful.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 June 2024
  • Mark T
    Ageo, Japan595 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hydrangea in June.
    Meigetsuin is located near Kita Kamakura station. Please use Google Maps to get there. It takes 10 minutes from Kita Kamakura. In June. Meigetsuin is packed with tourists who want to see hydrangea. You should check the hours on the website. I think English info is available. In Japan, June is a rainy season. Please bring an umbrella.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 June 2024
  • Luv2travel2whereever
    Auburn, Washington49 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice stroll and view
    I give this 3 stars only because in July, there are very few hydrangeas in bloom. The cost is 500 yen, but then if you want to visit the back garden, it is an additional 200-300 yen. I declined the back garden because the Iris flowers were not in bloom. Nonetheless, it is a gorgeous and beautiful property to walk thru. Would love to walk this place again during the month of June when the flowers are in full bloom,
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 July 2024
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Time of Travel
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Solo
東京周辺のあじさいの名所でもっともすばらしい場所。緑を背景に、背丈より高いあじさい2500本が花を咲かせています。喧騒や街並から遠く、日常を忘れて、あじさいと向き合い、あじさいに包まれます。明月院ブルーと呼ばれるあじさいの色味も美しい。石段付近は、有名な写真スポットで、人のいない写真を撮影しようとするカメラ小僧が、通行をブロックしていますが、寺は通行を禁止していないので、堂々と通ってください。両側からあじさいが迫る中、少しずつ上昇して行く体験が、すばらしい。
別料金となる奥の庭園に入らない拝観者も多いようですが、あじさいに加え、花菖蒲も花を咲かせ、鎌倉らしい山が迫った谷戸の雰囲気も風情があります。

This is the most wonderful place to see hydrangeas around Tokyo. 2,500 hydrangeas taller than you are blooming against a green background. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can forget about your daily life by the hydrangeas which envelope you. The color of the hydrangeas, called Meigetsu-in Blue, is also beautiful. The stone steps' approach is a famous photo spot, and photo geeks trying to take photos without people block the way, but the temple does not prohibit passage, so please go through without reserve. It is a wonderful experience to rise little by little between hydrangeas on both sides.
Many visitors do not enter the garden at the back, which requires a separate fee. In addition to hydrangeas, irises are also blooming there, and the atmosphere of the shallow valley with the hills approaching is typical of Kamakura and tasteful.
Written 17 June 2024
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Luv2travel2whereever
Auburn, WA49 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Solo
I give this 3 stars only because in July, there are very few hydrangeas in bloom. The cost is 500 yen, but then if you want to visit the back garden, it is an additional 200-300 yen. I declined the back garden because the Iris flowers were not in bloom. Nonetheless, it is a gorgeous and beautiful property to walk thru. Would love to walk this place again during the month of June when the flowers are in full bloom,
Written 10 July 2024
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Mark T
Ageo, Japan595 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Solo
Meigetsuin is located near Kita Kamakura station. Please use Google Maps to get there. It takes 10 minutes from Kita Kamakura. In June. Meigetsuin is packed with tourists who want to see hydrangea. You should check the hours on the website. I think English info is available. In Japan, June is a rainy season. Please bring an umbrella.
Written 23 June 2024
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Emma C
Godalming, UK3,049 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
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 zen rock garden. We spent about an hour here including a cup of tea (money goes to Unicef) in their teahouse with a lovely view through its round window, and waiting for my goshuin-cho (temple stamp) to be updated with the visit.

We really enjoyed our time here.
Written 10 February 2020
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gcincinnati
Tokyo, Japan388 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2018 • Couples
Look. Any other time of year, visiting Meigetsuin is a quiet affair. There aren't too many people, there's a lot of green, and it feels peaceful.

But when you go during rainy season and thus, hydrangea season, you can go super early on a Monday morning (as we did) and it will be absolutely CRAWLING with people. If that's your thing, then you'll be happy. If you're trying to go and take that perfect photo of you or your loved ones in front of the hydrangeas, it'll be hard to find a spot to do that.

That being said, everyone is there to see the flowers, and generally respectful if you ARE trying to take photos of/in front of the flowers. So it's not terrible. If you get anxious in large groups though, maybe skip it.

Also: the best part of the temple is absolutely beyond the moon window. And it's not always open. We've been there 4 or 5 times already, and this (maybe because of the hydrangeas) was the first time we could go back behind the window to walk that lovely garden. It was a small donation to get back there, and 100% worth it.
Written 19 June 2018
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900nippon
Tokyo, Japan536 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2018 • Couples
6月の第一週、鎌倉の紫陽花を初めて見に行きましたが、混雑に驚きました。こんなに混んでいる鎌倉は初めて。そして、明月院も人人人。紫陽花はとても綺麗でした。
You can enjoy beautiful hydrangeas in June. However, there are many many people. Another 500yen is required to enter the special garden, besides the entrance fee.
Written 2 June 2018
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TheWindWaker
Stuttgart, Germany524 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
First of all the entry fee is 500 yen which is one of the highest in Kamakura and Japan, respectively. Second, the garden is relatively small since there are "no-entry"-sights everywhere. You can't go there, not there, not there...it is ridiculously. Third, they asked for the 500 yen despite the fact, that the closed the entire back section which is almost half of the garden. Thank you for wasting my money. Fourth, the employees there are in-polite. How about a greeting?
I traveled several time to Japan and the country has about 95% great gardens or temples (for the asked admission). This one belongs to the 5%. I strongly recommend to skip this place as Kamakura has a good selection of better temples.
If you still go despite the warning:
1. Go during bloom season (sping) as the temple benefits from the flowers
2. Ask if the back section is open (behind the house).
But it is not worth 500 yen, even if those 2 points are valid.
Written 13 October 2017
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Daniel S
Singapore, Singapore45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2015 • Solo
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!
Written 17 June 2015
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meiyih
Tokyo, Japan256 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
very beautiful maples tis yr compare to the other maples in kamakura which seems to turn brwnish instead of red, the garden additional 500yen is worth the price
Written 13 December 2011
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Gabriel H
Bellaire, TX7,045 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
Located close to city center, this somewhat hidden park represents an oasis of tranquility and serenity. As you enter the gate, you cross a little bridge and scend towards the garden, a few dozen feet above street level. By the time you reach the first few hydrangea bushes, you are surrounded by trees, bushes and the garden. The path meanders between the hydrangeas and other, beautiful flowers and eventually opens up to a clearing, where this well preserved Zen Buddhist temple stands, surrounded by the usual gift and souvenir shops and the sshops that sell prayers you eventually place in the appropriate places around the temple. There are a few benches, where you can rest and watch humanity pass by. One of the nicer stops in our visit.
Written 11 June 2018
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