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Meigetsu-in (Meigetsu Temple)

Meigetsu-in (Meigetsu Temple) Review

This temple is also known as Ajisai-dera (the hydrangeas temple), and when the flowers bloom in June, it becomes one of the most popular places in Kamakura. The gardens transform into a sea of color—pink, white, and blue—and visitors can number in the thousands. A typical Kamakura light rain shouldn't deter you; it only showcases this incredible floral display to its best advantage. Meigetsu-in features Kamakura's largest yagura (a tomb cavity enclosing a mural) on which 16 images of Buddha are carved. To reach Meigetsu-in from rom Tokei-ji, walk along Route 21 toward Kamakura for about 20 minutes until you cross the railway tracks; take the immediate left turn onto the narrow side street that doubles back along the tracks. This street bends to the right and follows the course of a little stream called the Meigetsu-gawa to the temple gate.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 189 Yama-no-uchi, Kita-Kamakura, Kamakura, 248-0005 | Map It
  • Phone: 0467/24–3437
  • Cost: ¥300
  • Hours: Nov.–May and July–Oct., daily 9–4; June, daily 8:30–5
  • Location: Kamakura
Updated: 08-19-2013

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