Hydrangeas are a symbol of Japan’s rainy season. Their charming ball-shaped flower clusters can appear either blue or red depending on the characteristics of the soil. At the end of the rainy season, dignified lotus blossoms grace the surface of ponds, outstretched toward the sky—a captivating sight. Soak in the mysterious atmosphere created by beautiful flowers at the tranquil temples and shrines of Kamakura—the visit will be worth the rain.
Tokeiji Temple is known for the beautiful flowers that bloom on its temple grounds.
Tokeiji Temple was once famous for being a place where women could escape to in order to divorce their husbands, back when women were not allowed to initiate a divorce. The temple divorce code was abolished after remaining in effect for around 600 years. Today, the temple is most famous for its flowers and it welcomes many visitors who come to see them.
The hydrangeas in full bloom around Tokeiji Temple’s bronze buddha statue create a breathtakingly serene sight and an elegant atmosphere for photos.
When hydrangeas are in season, the stairs leading up to the temple gate burst with color.
You can also enjoy the sight of a sea of blooming irises.
Japanese hydrangea vines bloom behind the main hall and are not visible from the approach to the temple. They bloom at different times depending on the year, but in general, are open for special viewing for two weeks around the first week of June.
Donge-Den, the main hall of the temple, enshrines three wooden statues of the sitting Buddha and has been designated an Important Cultural Asset of Kanagawa Prefecture.
Visitors can enjoy the hydrangeas blooming along the temple path and in front of the main gate.
The Well of Kanro is one of the highlights of the temple. Although no longer used for drinking water, the water from this well was known for its sweet, honey-like taste and for its blessings of eternal youth.
The sight of hydrangeas quietly nestled near the sides of the well will leave you feeling calm and refreshed.
Komyoji Temple flourished as a place of learning during the Edo period, when it attracted many Buddhist scholars.
In early July, the pond is covered with graceful lotus blossoms. Simply gazing at the blossoms will soothe the mind and allow you to enjoy the serene atmosphere of the temple.
Komyoji Temple holds a lotus viewing event every year, during which visitors can savor matcha green tea with the lotus blossoms in close sight.
This is a temple where you can enjoy a relaxing moment in a quiet place surrounded by nature.
Located in the heart of Kamakura, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is a shrine that is closely linked to Minamoto no Yoritomo, the first shogun of Japan’s Kamakura Shogunate.
You will get a sense of the place’s long history (around 800 years) as you walk in the shrine grounds while taking in the visual harmony created by the deep green of the forest and the vermilion red of the shrine.
White and red lotus blossoms adorn the Genpei-ike Pond in the summer.
Seeing droplets of dew bead up on the lotus plants is one of the best parts of rainy days.
Photos courtesy of: Tokeiji Temple, Jochiji Temple, Komyoji Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
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