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Hydrangea, 紫陽花 Ajisai

  We hope that the typical flowering and coloring process in Kamakura shown below will be a good reference for your Hydrangea viewing this year.

 

  As the whole  

 

  The late May to early July is the best times for the Ajisai-Hydrangea viewing in Kamakura.  However, it deviates somewhat back and forth depending on the weather condition and the coloring status at each place is not necessarily the same.

Last stage

temple

Good to see

temple

Beginning

roadside

 

= Example of the irregular weather =

 

Jun. & July, 2018

  It's scorching hot and the rainy season called Tsuyu 梅雨 was short compared with the past years.  Flowering of Ajisai started early thanks to that weather, but some of them soon withered before they colored enough especially at places under sun glare.  Even so, many Ajisai bloomed with nice color long like from the beginning to the end of June.

 

 

= Pruning =

  Pruning is carried out at the beginning of July even though flowers are still good at some places such as Meigetsuin and Hasedera etc.  That maintenance is done every year so that those bush will have nice flowers next year.

 

= Two major Ajisai spots =

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Meigetsuin

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Hasedera

Meigetsuin 明月院

* People start making a long waiting-line a few hours before the gate opens at 8:30 a.m. Their purpose is to go to the best photograph spot right after the entrance. They will make another waiting line again to take pictures at that spot after the gate is opened.

* According to the temple's staff, they do not think of restriction of entry such as delivering the numbered tag at this moment and the peak of congestion is always before and just after the gate opening time. Without any oblicagion basis, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. might be the easiest time for walking around the garden.

* They also say that visitors are not allowed to touch any flower and be careful not to get their shoulders or arms touch flowers because the walk-way in the garden is not so wide for many walkers.

* Pruning is scheduled to start in the early July.

 

Hasedera 長谷寺

* People start gathering 30 minutes before the gate opens at 8:00 a.m..

* In Hasedera, numbered ticket for Ajisai Path which is a walk-route set only for the hydrangea period will be issued when the congestion for that walk-way in the garden becomes heavy.

*If we receive that numbered ticket when we enter Hasedera, we have to wait to enter the Ajisai Path until the time for the number comes. We are allowed to leave the temple and return later without paying admission fee again showing the admission-ticket and numbered-ticket on that day.

*Distribution of the numbered ticket may end early in the afternoon like around 3:00 p.m. when the scheduled time to enter the Ajisai Path reaches the last number for the late entry. We are sorry for the inconvenience in that case.

* We can walk around in the grounds beside the Ajisai Path anytime.

* Temple's staff say that the waiting-time to enter Ajisai Path at the peak in a day might be a little less than 1 hour for Mon. to Fri. and 2 hours on weekends.

* Pruning is scheduled to start in the early July.

 

  Ajisai viewing spots  

 

  We introduce representative viewing spots as follows, but you will be able to see nice scenes at other places and even roadsides.  Walking around to find your favorite places and to see the difference of the coloring status at each spot are also a way of enjoying Kamakura's Hydrangea.

 

Park and roadside

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Genjiyama park

Inamura gasaki

Kamegayatsu zaka

Kewai zaka

源氏山公園

稲村ガ崎

亀ケ谷坂

化粧坂

Street to Zuisenji

道端

Shrine and temple

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Gokurakuji

Goryo jinja

Hasedera

Houkokuji

極楽寺

御霊神社

長谷寺

報国寺

Jochiji

Jojuin

Meigetsuin

Myohonji

浄智寺

成就院

明月院

妙本寺

Tokeiji

Zeniarai

Zuisenji

 

東慶寺

銭洗弁天

瑞泉寺

 

 

  Ajisai Map  

 

Check the check box Hydrangeain the map.

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