Kamakura is an old town located south from Tokyo, which was the capital of Japan from late 12th century to 1333 by Minamoto samurai clan.I wrote a post about fall foliage in Kamakura last December. Do you remember? It was the first post about Kamakura on Tokyo Direct Diary, so all the instructions, including the history, are there.
|Hydrangea Path, Hasedera Temple|
Explore 2500 hydrangeas in Hasedera Temple and a bit more of Kamakura!
|Hydrangeas in Hasedera Temple, Kamakura, Japan|
The path is famous for its views of Kamakura town and the beach. When the hydrangeas bloom, it is even more beautiful.
|Yuigahama Beach from Hasedera Temple|
The views are cool, and the salty winds are also cool.
The standard shape is like this,
But we can find some rare hydrangeas in the path.
The iconic spot of Hydrangea Path is the stairs to the Mantra Hall, which is at the end of the path.
Let’s compare this place with that in autumn!
|Mantra Hall, bamboos and hydrangeas in Hasedera Temple|
Tip: This hydrangea path is getting more and more famous, so it gets crowded. To avoid the crowds, visit Hasedera Temple as early as possible. The temple opens at 8:00 and it takes around 1 hour from Tokyo to Kamakura. (Please go down for the sightseeing guide at the bottom of this post.) As far as I see it, the path gradually got to be crowded after 9:30.
Not only the path, but some Buddha sculptures hold hydrangeas in this season.
|Buddha holding hydrangeas|
Tip: Actually, the blue hydrangeas in the left part of the photo are a rare kind named, “Kamakura.” You can get a free paper fan with explanations at the entrance, so check out the original kinds so that you won’t miss them.
Not just rare, but I felt they were outstanding among many kinds and colors flourishing.
|Nagomi Jizo with hydrangeas|
Visitors tend to head to Hydrangea Path, but there are more to see.
Iris boats are floating in the pond. I showed the 2 best iris viewing spots in Tokyo, but the idea to float flowers is impressive in Hasedera Temple.
|Iris boats in Hojo Pond, Hasedera Temple, Kamakura, Japan|
Hydrangeas start to bloom in late May or early June and reach the peak in the middle of June. The best season will last until the end of June.
They are going to start prune hydrangeas on 1 July. (2015)
Two more stories.
The local streets are attractive to stroll; The shops and restaurants in the local quiet town, rather than a tourist spot, are artistic.
When you get hungry, how about a restaurant lasting here since 1908?
|Asahaya Honten, a Japanese restaurant at the foot of Hasedera Temple|
This beautiful Japanese restaurant offers broiled eels.
|Broiled Eel Don (Bowl of rice)|
The Great Buddha is undoubtedly the best of bests in Kamakura.(There are two Great Buddhas in Japan and the other is in Nara. More to see here.)
Kotokuin Temple with the Great Buddha is so close to Hasedera Temple; It’s just a several minutes walk. Some tourists pass Hasedera Temple and head to the Great Buddha, but now you see WHAT A LOSS IT IS!!
You can see how big he is when there is something to compare with. For example, see the watermelon. It’s as small as a dot!
|The Great Buddha, Kotokuin Temple, Kamakura, Japan|
|The Great Buddha and students on a school trip|
Do you know that we can enter the Great Buddha? …My words aren’t wrong. We can enter the inside of the Great Buddha!
You can see how the Great Buddha was built. There is no reason not to!
Kamakura is a town which has a lot of interesting things, but its best season has reasons to be so. The beauty was beyond words.
Which do you like hydrangea season or fall foliage?
Hope you enjoy Japanese June in Kamakura!
Kamakura Tourist Information
How to Get to Kamakura
Around 60 minutes, 920 yen from Tokyo Station, 50 minutes, 720 yen from Shinagawa by JR Yokosuka Line. No super express necessary.
You take JR Yokosuka Line to reach to Kamakura Station. The major stations to catch a Yokosuka Line train are Tokyo, Shinagawa, Yokohama, Totsuka and Ofuna.
To Hasedera Temple and the Great Buddha, change trains at Kamakura Station into Enoshima Line (Its nickname is Eno-Den) and get off at Hase, the 3rd station. Kamakura is a terminal of Enoshima Line.
8:00 – 17:00 (March – September)
8:00 – 16:30 (October – February)
Admission fee: 300 yen for people over 11 years old, 100 yen for child
Parking: 300 yen/30 minutes, 1000 yen/30 minutes for large vehicle
Kotokuin Temple (The Great Buddha)
8:00 – 17:30 (April – September)
8:00 – 17:00 (October – March)
Admission fee: 200 yen for adults, 150 yen for child 6 – 12 years old, free for under 6
20 yen to enter inside of the Great Buddha statue
Book a Hotel in Kamakura – A day trip from Tokyo is enough to explore these 2 places, but if you wish to stay in Kamakura to see more, you will find good hotels.
Hotels in Yokohama, the Central City of Kanagawa Prefecture – Yokohama is one of the largest cities in Japan, which is located in a cool bay side area south from Tokyo. It has brilliant images with international ports since the 19th century. Yokohama is one of the biggest stations in JR Yokosuka Line.
Hotels in Shinagawa – 50 minutes to Kamakura. Convenient to visit anywhere in Tokyo. Explanations on Shinagawa in Tokyo: 5 Reasons to Stay There – Shinagawa Prince Hotel Attractions and A Guide to Oimachi
Hotels Around Tokyo Station – 60 minutes to Kamakura. Tokyo station is the very central station of Tokyo.