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Meigetsu-in (Meigetsu Temple)

  • 189 Yama-no-uchi Map It
  • Kita-Kamakura
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 08/19/2013

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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.

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189 Yama-no-uchi, Kamakura, Kanagawa-ken, 248-0005, Japan

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Sight Details:

  • ¥300
  • Nov.–May and July–Oct., daily 9–4; June, daily 8:30–5

Updated 08/19/2013


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