Hidden beautiful place with hydrangea Tokeiji temple in Kamakura

【Date Visited】9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.of 9 June 2017

Photos and movie are taken by iPhone.

Sanmon gate at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
I went to Tokeiji temple to see Japanese Hydrangea-Vine that is opened to the public only in the beginning of June every year.

Hydrangea at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Hydrangea at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Hydrangeas were also beautiful.
Many of them weren’t fully bloomed.
But the best time to see them is coming soon.

Buddha statue at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Buddha statue at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Iris garden at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Iris garden at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Iris garden behind the Buddha statue was best time to see.

Iwatabako at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
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Iwatabako at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Jizo and Iwatabako at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Iwatabako – one of the most popular flowers in this temple – was beautiful this year, too.

Entrance of the main hall at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
At last I went to the main hall to see Japanese Hydrangea-Vine.
This is the entrance.

Main hall(Hondo) at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura Main hall(Hondo) at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Throw money into an offertory box and pray.
Then go to the left.

Main hall(Hondo) at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Japanese Hydrangea-Vine at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Japanese Hydrangea-Vine at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Japanese Hydrangea-Vine at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Passage led to the Japanese Hydrangea-Vine.
It climbs using aerial roots and can attain a height of over 6m and even up to 12 m in its native habitat.

Sanmon gate at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
When I went out of the temple, there was a long queue!
They came to see Japanese Hydrangea-Vine.
To avoid congestion , you should come early in the morning especially in June when many people visit Kamakura.


【Date Visited】10:40 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.of 15 June 2016

Photos and movie are taken by iPhone.

Hydrangea at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura was fully bloomed.
Kamakura is a city in Kanagawa Prefecture,once it was a political capital along with Nara and Kyoto.
It makes an easy day trip from Tokyo.
Many people visit Kamakura throughout the year.
But in June it become more popular because beautiful hydrangeas are fully bloomed in many temple, shrine and tourist sights.

Tokeiji temple is one of these beautiful place.
It was founded in 1285 by a nun named Kakusan Shidō-ni.
In a feudal age where women normally couldn’t initiate a divorce, this temple was a sanctuary where women fled to break ties.

Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Sanmon  gate at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Ticket counter at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
This is Sanmon gate.
Pay an admission fee at the counter in here and go through the gate.
You can pay it by Suica card or Pasmo card,too.

Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Guidance written in Japanese,English,Chinese and Korean.

Shoro(belfry) at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Shoro(belfry) on the left side of  the entrance.

Public lavatory at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
There was the public lavatory on the right side of the entrance.
It looks like an Japanese traditional style building.

Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
You can see the various kinds of hydrangea in the garden.
The best time to see hydrangea in here is from the mid to the end of June.
This temple isn’t well-known compared to other famous places such as Hase temple, Meigetsuin temple.
So it wasn’t  so crowded compared to them.

Hydrangea at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura Buddha statue at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Buddha statue.

Iris garden at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Behind the Buddha statue there was an iris field.

Hydrangea at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Jizo and hydrangea.

Iwatabako at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Tokeiji temple in Kamakura
Iwatabako were fully bloomed on the rock.
It is one of the most famous flower in this temple.


□ Information □

【Opening hour】
April to September: 8:30am to 4:30pm
October to March: 8:30am to 4pm

【Admission Fee】
Adults : 200yen
Junior high / Elementary school students : 100yen
You can pay it by Suica card,too.

【Access】
5 minutes walk from Kita Kamakura station of JR line.
Kita Kamakura station Yokosuka line at Kita Kamakura station


Other beautiful place near here

・Hase temple(25 min. by train and bus)

Hase temple in Kamakura
Beautiful hillside Buddhist temple that is famous for the hydrangea.
More information about here

・Houkokuji temple(20 min. by train)

Autumn leaves at houkokuji temple in kamakura
Famous for the beautiful bamboo garden and autumn foliage.
→ More information about here

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