Autumn leaves in Meigetuin temple in Kamakura

【Date Visited】9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. of Wednesday June 14,2017

Photos and movie are taken by iPhone.

I went to Meigetsuin temple to see the beautiful and popular scenery of hydrangea.
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.
Meigetusin temple was founded in 1160 A.D.

Meigetsuin in Kamakura
When I arrived Meigetsuin at 7:30 a.m. (one hour prior to the opening time), people already made queues!
But according to the staff near there, the most earliest person arrived at 7:00.

Meigetsuin in Kamakura
But when I came here yesterday on 8:30, the line was more longer!

Entrance at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
This is an entrance of this temple.

Ticket counter at Meigetsuin temple in Kamakura
Ticket counter at Meigetsuin temple in Kamakura
A pathway leads you to the entrance gate.
There are three ticket counter on the right and left side.

Ticket counter at Meigetsuin temple in Kamakura
Usually only this gate is opened.
The other one is opened only when the tourist season.

Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Go straight from the gate, then you can go to this place where many tourists take pictures.

Hydrangea at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
This place is very famous photo spot for this scenery.
If you want to take a picturesque photo, you have go to the head of the line between 8:30 ~ 8:35.
I  held my iPhone little lower than the eyes, then tapped the shutter button with 3 ~ 3.5 times zoom.

Meigetsuin in Kamakura
If you miss the best timing, people come into the path one after another.

Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Finally it was filled with people soon.

Meigetsuin in Kamakura
main hall(Hojo) at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Then I moved to the other popular photo spot quickly.
Because it would be crowded soon.
This is the main hall (Hojo).
The view of garden through a round window is very famous.
People already made queues when I got there.
It became more longer as time passed.

Meigetsuin in Kamakura
When it comes to weekend, it becomes more and more longer!

main hall(Hojo) at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
I couldn’t take much time to shoot pictures because many people were waiting behind me.
So during the waiting time I considered many compositions.

Circular window in the main hall(Hojo) with hydrangea at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
I took picture by iPhone without zoom.

Circular window in the main hall(Hojo) with hydrangea at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Double zoom.
Looks nice.But it wasn’t great.

Circular window in the main hall(Hojo) with hydrangea at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
So I moved to the left a little and got on one knee.
Then I tapped the shutter button with 3 ~ 3.5 times zoom.
This one is excellent!!
But people at inner garden was eyesore.
So I retouched inside the round window by the application of iPhone Enlight.
This app is owesome!
I can do whatever edit I want to .

main hall(Hojo) at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
After finished shooting photo, I went to the inner garden.
This is the entrance.
I can enter into it for a limited time in the season of hydrangea or autumn leaves.

Entrance of the inner garden at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Ticket counter.
It costs 500 yen for 1 adult.

Inner garden at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Round window of the main hall could be seen from the opposite side.

Iris field at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Iris was fully bloomed.

Blue jizo at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Red Jizo with iris at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Blue and red Jizo statue with iris.

Jizo with hydrangea at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Jizo with hydrangea at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Jizo with hydrangea at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Went out from inner garden and I looked around other places.
There were Jizo statue with hydrangea here and there.

Hydrangea at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
This temple is famous for its beautiful blue hydrangea.
That’s because Jizo statue wears a blue cloth.

Hydrangea at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Besides the blue one, they had many kinds of hydrangea.

hydrangea and bamboo forest at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Bamboo forest and hydrangea was also beautiful!

Kita Kamakura station Kita Kamakura station
When I went back to Kita Kamakura station, I found it was very crowded with people.
They made a long line to go out from platform because the exit gate was too narrow.
If you want to get off at Kita Kamakura station in the tourist season, you should get on the first car toward the direction that the train is heading.
Then you can go to the ticket gate faster than anyone and exit quickly.


Information

【Opening hour】
June → 8:30~17:00
January – May, July – December → 9:00~16:00

【Admission Fee】
300yen
(You can enter the garden for a limited time in the season of autumn leaves and iris. 500yen)

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

Kita kamakura station

Kita kamakura station

Kita kamakura station

Kita kamakura station

Yokosuka line

Yokosuka line


Other beautiful place near here

・Hase temple(30 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(30 min. by bus)

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

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