Another name for Meigetsu-in Temple is Ajisaidera, which means Hydrangea Temple. Indeed, this sacred spot is the most impressive when the pathways burst with powder blue hydrangea blossoms during the rainy season.
Nearly a thousand years old, the Meigetsu-in Temple is an important shrine for the Rinzai Zen Sect. The Meigetsu-in Temple was founded in 1160, built by a son in memory of his father.
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (July to May)
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (June)
500 yen (~3.50 USD) for adults (high school students and older); 300 yen (~ 2 USD) for elementary/junior high school students
Telephoto lens (70 mm)
Anything to help keep you cool, as it will be hot and humid
How to get there
N35° 20' 06.4032"E139° 33' 04.4712"
This photo was taken in Meigetsu-in Temple (明月院).
To get there by train, take Yokosuka Line from Shinagawa Station right outside of Tokyo. Get off at Kita-Kamakura Station. The journey will take around 50 minutes.
When you get out of Kita-Kamakura Station, head southeast toward Meigetsu-in Street (明月院通り) along the rail line. Turn left into Meigetsu-in Street and continue walking. You will see the temple ahead of you in a couple of minutes.
Inside the complex, you will find many beautiful walking paths and shrines, but this spot is at the top of the steps that lead to the main temple. You will recognize the flowers and the stairs immediately.
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