Don’t let the rainy season stop you from admiring another one of Japan’s most beautiful flowers: Ajisai (or Hydrangea). From mid-June to July, there are as many as 25 variations of hydrangeas located at beautiful Hase-dera (長谷寺) Temple in Kamakura. More commonly known as Hase-kannon (長谷観音), it is home to a massive wooden statue of Kannon. Behind the temple is the narrow path called “Prospect Road," which runs along the steep hill and blooms with hundreds of heavenly hydrangeas. In addition to the flowers in bloom, there are several spots to soak in the wonderful views of the City of Kamakura and Sagami Bay. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes!
Admission fee is 300 yen. Access from Hase Station on the Enoshima Electric Railway. Or, park in front of the temple for a nominal fee.
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