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Spring

Cherry blossoms in Engakuji Temple

Cherry blossoms in Engakuji Temple

Cherry blossoms bloom beautifully around the Sanmon gate in Engakuji Temple. The old architecture combined with cherry blossoms is a lovely sight.

→ Engakuji Temple

Cherry blossoms in Tusrugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Cherry blossoms in Tusrugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

The best sight is on Genji-ike pond side. The blossoms extend to just above the surface of the water, mirrored in the pond. It is truly a gorgeous sight to behold.

→ Tusrugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Shizuka-no-Mai at the Kamakura Festival

Shizuka-no-Mai at the Kamakura Festival

You can enjoy Shizuka-no-Mai (The Dance of Shizuka), performed by professional classical Japanese dancers, every April at the Kamakura Festival.

Rose garden in Kamakura Museum of Literature

Rose garden in Kamakura Museum of Literature

There is a 6,500 square foot rose garden in Kamakura Museum of Literature. There are even roses named after Kamakura and events which happen here, such as “Kamakura”, “Shizuka-no-Mai”, “Yabusame”, and “Hoshizukiyo”.

→ Kamakura Museum of Literature

Summer

"the temple of hydrangeas"

"the temple of hydrangeas"

Meigetsu-in Temple especially comes to mind, known specifically as "the temple of hydrangeas". 80% to 90% of the hydrangea of Meigetsu-in are an original Japanese variety called hime-ajisai.  The blossoms are a little bit smaller compared to western hydrangeas, and are very cute. 

→ Meigetsu-in Temple

More than 40 different kinds of hydrangeas in Hasedera Temple

More than 40 different kinds of hydrangeas in Hasedera Temple

In Hasedera Temple, during the rainy season of early summer, more than 40 different kinds of hydrangeas cover the hillside with about 2,500 blooms.

→ Hasedera Temple

Kamakura Fireworks Festival

Kamakura Fireworks Festival

Kamakura Fireworks Festival takes place at Yuigahama on the coast of Kamakura City every summer.

→ Kamakura Fireworks Festival

Autmun

Fall foliage in Engakuji temple

Fall foliage in Engakuji temple

Engakuji is well known for the best place to be able to enjoy fall foliage in Kitakamakura area.  The whole precinct is colored with autumn leaves.  Myoko-chi pond area is especially beautiful. 

→ Engakuji Temple

Kenchoji Temple is known for colored leaves in fall

Kenchoji Temple is known for colored leaves in fall

The most impressive display of fall colors are found in the back of the main temple grounds, behind Ryuho-in Hall (a sub-temple of Kenchoji) and along the path to the Hansobo hill. The yellow carpet of fallen gingko leaves is especially beautiful.

→ Kenchoji Temple

Shishimai-no-tani (Lion Dance Valley)

Shishimai-no-tani (Lion Dance Valley)

The Ten-en Hiking Trail is also called the Kamakura Alps. Off the main trail, you can walk through Shishimai-no-tani (Lion Dance Valley), which is famous for colored Japanese maple trees in fall.

→ Ten-en Hiking Trail

Winter

Large-flowered peonies in Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Large-flowered peonies in Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Beginning around the New Year and lasting until early February, you can enjoy beautiful, rare large-flowered peonies sheltered under small huts of woven grass in Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

→ Tusrugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Plum blossoms in Tokeiji Temple

Plum blossoms in Tokeiji Temple

You can enjoy red and white plum blossoms at the plum grove on the temple grounds from February through early March.

→ Tokeiji Temple

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