Autumn leaves in Meigetuin temple in Kamakura

Meigetusin temple was founded in 1160 in Kamakura city.
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.
This temple is one of the most popular autumn leaves viewing spot in Kamakura.

7 December – Best time to see in 2017

Entrance of Meigetsuin in Kamakura
I arrived at en entrance of Meigetsuin temple at 8:50, 10 minutes earlier before opening.
Already about 20 persons were waiting for the opening.
It wasn’t so long as the one in the hydrangea season, but I was very surprised by the popularity of this temple.

Entrance of Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Ticket counter in an entrance gate.

Circular window in the main hall(Hojo) with autumn leaves at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
As soon as I entered, I headed to a main hall(Hojo) to take a picture of the autumn leaves through a circular window.
Already some people made a line to take a picture.
This queue becomes more longer as time goes on.

Circular window in the main hall(Hojo) with autumn leaves at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
I took this picture by iPhone 7 Plus without zoom.
Autumn leaves and circular window was far away, so I needed to use a zoom lens for smartphone.

Circular window in the main hall(Hojo) with autumn leaves at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
I took this picture with 3.5 times zoom by iPhone with attaching 2x telephoto lens of Switch 6 for iPhone 8 Plus / iPhone 7 Plus.
If you don’t wear any lens to your smartphone, you will need 8 – 10 times zoom.

Entrance of inner garden in Meigetsuin in Kamakura
After finished taking pictures, I moved to the entrance of inner garden which is located at side of the main hall.

Entrance of inner garden in Meigetsuin in Kamakura
This is a ticket counter(500 yen).
You can enter this garden for a limited time in the season of autumn leaves and hydrangea.

Autumn leaves at inner garden in Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Right after getting into the garden, there was a nice photo spot on the right side.
I took this picture by iPhone with 2 times zoom.

Circular window in the main hall(Hojo) with autumn leaves at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Round window of the main hall could be seen from the opposite side.

Autumn leaves at inner garden in Meigetsuin in Kamakura

Autumn leaves and Jizo statue at inner garden in Meigetsuin in Kamakura

Autumn leaves and Jizo statue at inner garden in Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Autumn leaves with blue & red Jizo statue.
The red colors in this garden was so beautiful!

Autumn leaves and bamboo forest in Meigetsuin in Kamakura

Autumn leaves and bamboo forest in Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Got out of the inner garden and I walked around the temple ground more.
There was a bamboo forest with autumn foliage.
It was smaller than the one in Hokokuji temple (30 minutes by bus from here), but calm and beautiful.

Autumn leaves and Jizo statue in Meigetsuin in Kamakura

Autumn leaves and Jizo statue in Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Jizo statue with flowers and fall foliage.

Autumn leaves in Meigetsuin in Kamakura
A small house and autumn leaves.

Autumn leaves at Katsura-bashi bridge in Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Katsura-bashi bridge and autumn foliage near the entrance.
This is also my favorite photo spot in this temple.

Autumn leaves in Meigetsuin in Kamakura
This scenery of a small Japanese style house and autumn leaves near Katsura-bashi bridge was beautiful,too.
I could enjoy seeing and taking pictures this year , too.

8 December – Best time to see in 2016

hydrangea in Meigetusin
Meigetsuin temple was founded in 14th century.
It is famous for the beautiful scenery of hydrangeas.

Autumn leaves at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
But the scenery of autumn leaves is excellent,too.

Autumn leaves and bamboo garden at Meigetsuin in Kamakura

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Bamboo forest and autumn leaves.

Circular window in the main hall(Hojo) with autumn leaves at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Circular window in the main hall(Hojo) with autumn leaves at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Especially the view of garden through a round window of the main hall is popular.
Peak of red leaves had passed when I went there,but still it was so beautiful.
There were few people that made the line to take photo because I went there early in the morning of the weekday.
But in the weekend it will become more long queue.

Circular window in the main hall(Hojo) with autumn leaves at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
To take picture like this, you need to zoom in.

Circular window in the main hall(Hojo) with autumn leaves at Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Autumn leaves at inner garden in Meigetsuin in Kamakura
You can enter the garden for a limited time in the season of autumn leaves.
Round window of the main hall could be seen from the opposite side.

Autumn leaves at inner garden in Meigetsuin in Kamakura
Jizo and autumn leaves.
When you visit Meigetsuin in the autumn leaves season, you should go to this garden because you can see more beautiful autumn leaves.

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)

【Facility】

Public lavatory of Meigetsuin in Kamakura

A small path leads you to a public lavatory

Public lavatory of Meigetsuin in Kamakura

Public lavatory

【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

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