Hokoji is on a temple trail starting from Enzan JR Station in Koshu city and also including Erinji and Kogakuji. This very pleasant temple is sometimes called 'The temple of flowers' and is famous for seasonal flowers including camellias, plum and cherry blossom, peonies and hydrangeas. It is also known as a good place to pray for romance. I visited in August and found many potted lotus flowers, both pink and white. There were also a few hydrangeas still in bloom.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.