Kamakura Hydrangeas Temple

Meigetuin is very famous for hydrangeas and temples in Kamakura Japan.

Japanese people LOVE seasonal things, so hydrangeas are very popular!! In June a lot of people go to Kamakura to see beautiful hydrangeas. It’s very beautiful!

BUT I will tell you…

ALL famous places in Japan are a lot of people!! It’s advisable to get there early and I mean at least 30 minutes before opening time. I went at the end of June which is mid raining season in Japan. Do note that in the middle of May there are even more people there.

If you can, I recommend you go there during the week or at the end of May. Maybe you can see the iris too. Iris are also very beautiful.

The Iris season is around the end of May to June, around two weeks. If you aren’t sure, you can always ask the staff at the temple.

These are very famous steps in the hydrangea’s temple, but there are a lot of people.

After open time 8:30. Go straight to these steps. I took a photo of the steps when no one was there. Shortly after that people were walking on the steps. So, bear in mind that a photo of these steps seems easy enough, it’s not! I have been here 4 years in a row and it’s only this time I was able to get the photo without people.

There is also a cool picture spot. The forest part changes depending on the season.

This is bamboo place.

Also, you can buy this. You can write your hope on this. Japanese Buddhist thinking that this hope will came true.

JIZO having a beautiful hydrangea 🙂

Please try and visit Meigetuin temple in Kamakura. If you love hydrangeas or seasonal flowers and trees, you will love this place.

It is a beautiful place and there are a lot of great spots. But please don’t forget there are a lot of people there, especially in June.

Meigetsuin (Ajisai dera) hydrangeas temple


Station: JR Kita Kamakura

Walking 10min

Address: Kamakura, Yamanouch 189

Opening time: 9:00-16:00 (without JUNE)

8:30-17:00 (JUNE)

Entrance fee: 500 yen


Seasonal inner garden (if you want to go)

Irises garden +500yen (June)

Maple garden +500yen (November)

Article written by Sachi
Photos by Sachi


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