Hydrangea, called Ajisai in Japanese, pronounced as “A-Ji-Sai.” This type of flower usually starts blooming in early June, it would be fully bloom during mid June to end of June. They can be enjoyed until around mid July, and the most beautiful timing to view hydrangea is after the rain stops and when the air is still damp.
It seems like the hydrangea’s blooming timing is going to be similar in 2017. Hopefully they will be beautifully and fully bloomed again this year 😊
Kamakura is an ancient city with a long history, it is one of the few cities near central Tokyo that have kept its ancient looks. At Kamakura, you can find many different types of temples and shrines. Other than the historical side, you can find many characteristic and stylish shops and restaurants as well; it is a city that would be nice for all kinds of people to visit. The wide varieties make people want to re-visit it again and again, it is not enough to see everything in one day.
In the summer, one of the most famous sceneries in Kamakura is the fully bloomed hydrangeas. Cherry blossoms are not the main views you would come to Kamakura to see, the best time to come for a seasonal view is rather late, in the summer instead of the spring.
Let us introduce some nice spots for viewing hydrangeas in Kamakura:
Alighting at Kita-kamakura station, heading towards the famous Hydrangea temple, Meigetsu-in temple, you will first pass by an old building. This old building is full of ancient atmosphere, it perfectly fits into the ancient city of Kamakura.
Kitakamakura old private house museum (北鎌倉古民家ミュージアム) uses three ancient houses from Fukui perfecture. All of the buildings are more than 100 years old, reforming the inside of the old houses, this museum has different displays of ancient potteries, hand crafts, and art works that changes time to time.
And in June, you would be able to enjoy some beautiful hydrangeas in the gardens of this museum.
This museum is one the good places to enjoy viewing hydrangea without having to walk among crowds and crowds of people. After enjoying the flowers, you can enjoy the displays and at the end of the display you can also find a gift shop 👍🏻
Information for Kitakamakura old private house museum (北鎌倉古民家ミュージアム)
- Japan,〒247-0062 Kanagawa-ken, Kamakura-shi, Yamanouchi, Yamanouchi 392-1 (日本〒247-0062 Kanagawa-ken, Kamakura-shi, Yamanouchi, 山ノ内392-1)
- Kita-kamakura station, 2 minutes on foot
- Opening Hours
- 10:00 – 17:00, No fixed holidays
- Adult (Highschool and above): 500 JPY
- Middle-School students: 300 JPY
- Elementry School students: 200 JPY
- Cash Only
- Kitakamakura old private house museum (Japanese only)
Meigetsu-in temple, is also called Ajisai temple in Japanese, meaning the temple of Hydrangea. This temple is one of the most popular places to enjoy hydrangea. When all the hydrangeas are in full bloom, the grounds of Meigetsu-in temple will be covered by water-blue hydrangeas! Many people will visit in the summer to lay eyes on this magnificent sight!
Other than hydrangeas, there is a famous round window located in Meigetsu-in, many people will try to capture the beautiful views of every season through the window.
And when you visit Meigetsu-in, you should defiantly try to find the cute rabbits and turtle 😊
Information for Meigetsu-in (明月院)
- Japan, 〒247-0062 Kanagawa-ken, Kamakura-shi, Yamanouchi, 189
- Kita-kamakura station, 9 minutes on foot.
- Opening hours
- June: 08:30～17:00
- 300 JPY
- June: 500 JPY
- In June and during maple leaves’ season, you will. need to pay another 500 JPY if you would like to enter the garden of Meigetsu-in (The garden is usually closed for public)
- Cash Only
Another famous spot in Kamakura to view hydrangeas is Hasedera temple. At this temple you can see all kinds of different types of hydrangeas blooming in various colors. In the back of the temple, you can see a whole hill of hydrangeas✨
When visiting Hasedera, remember to look for the cute little buddhas 😊
Information for Hasedera (長谷寺)
- Japan, 〒248-0016 Kanagawa-ken, Kamakura-shi, Hase, 3 Chome−１１−2
- Enoden (江ノ電), Hase station, 5 minutes on foot
- Taking a bus from Kamakura station, Hasekannon station, 5 minutes on foot
- Opening hours
- March ~ September: 08:00~17:00 (Door closes at 17:30)
- October ~ February: 08:00~16:30 (Door closes at 17:00)
- Adult (Middle-School and above): 300 JPY
- Elementary school student: 100 JPY
- Cash Only
- Hasedera (Available in Japanese, English, Traditional Chinese, Simplify Chinese)
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