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Eleven famous places for Ajisai viewing

Baiu season (June to July) is coming soon, and at the same time, the colorful Ajisai will also be in full bloom during this period. Here, we'd like to introduce to you several viewing places in Kanto where you can enjoy a sheet of Ajisai and its viewing period.

Speaking of the famous places for Ajisai viewing, Kamakura shall be preferred!

2019 Ajisai MAP(Kamakura)

Hase-dera Temple, Meigetsu-in Temple and Joju-in Temple, these three places are the major places for Ajisai viewing.
Joju-in Temple is going to be renovated, the Ajisai has been moved elsewhere, so we can not enjoy the Ajisai in full bloom here as before.)

Absolutely high popularity Two famous places of Ajisai "Ajisai Path" in Hase-dera Temple

Hase-dera Temple was built in 736, which is known as the “Western Pure Land in Kamakura”due to its year-round blossom; the temple is in full of flowers and verdant trees at all seasons, amazing natural colors are indeed a glorious sight.

In the season of Ajisai flourishing, there will be more than 40 kinds of about 2,500 Ajisai bloom in the "Ajisai Path" on the slope next to the temple. And, as climbing the high place, visitors can overlook the sea by Yuigahama.

Because Hase-dera Temple is very popular, it will be very crowded during the tourist season, and admission restrictions will be implemented in the temple. If you want to avoid crowds, we suggest you go to enjoy it earlier.

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"Ajisai Path" in Hase-dera Temple
▪️Viewing period: mid-June - early July
▪️Address: 3-11-2, Hase, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
▪️Opening hours: 
[March - September] 8:00 - 17:00(closed at 17:30)
[October - February] 8:00 - 16:30(closed at 17:00)
▪️Fixed rest day: none
▪️Cost: 400 yen for adults, 200 yen for primary school students
▪️Transportation: 5 minutes walk from Hase Station of Enoshima Dentetsu

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Meigetsu-in Temple, "Meigetsu-in blue"

Among the thousands of Ajisai bloomed in the courtyard of the Meigetsu-in Temple, about 90% of them are an ancient Japanese variety known as "Hydrangea Serrata", and is kindly called "Meigetsu-in blue".

There is also another hotspot in Meigetsu-in Temple, that is,the round window customized in the main hall. You can fully appreciate the Japanese landscapes while looking out at the garden from the round window.

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Meigetsu-in Temple, "Meigetsu-in blue"
▪️Viewing period: mid-June - early July
▪️Address: 189, Yamanouchi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
▪️Opening hours: 9:00 - 16:00 (8:30 - 17:00 in June)
▪️Fixed rest day: none
▪️Cost: 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for primary and secondary school students
*The courtyard behind the main hall is open in June and November: plus 500 yen
▪️Transportation: 10 minutes walk from Kita-Kamakura Station of JR Yokosuka Line

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Good scenic spots for taking pictures Three Ajisai viewing spots full of Japanese style Goryo-jinja Shrine, " Ajisai and Enoden"

Goryo-jinja Shrine is located in the front of Torii, the Enoshima Dentetsu will pass through the colorful hydrangea bushes on either side of the track. In June, here will be the only place where people can take photos of Ajisai and Enoden. Anyone who likes the tram should not miss here!

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Goryo-jinja Shrine
▪️Viewing period: mid June - early July
▪️Address: 4-9, Sakanoshita, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
▪️Opening hours: 9 am to 5 pm
▪️Fixed rest day: none
▪️Cost: Free(the storage room is 100 yen for adults)
▪️Transportation: 10 minutes walk from Hase Station of Enoshima Dentetsu

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Choju-ji Temple,"Ajisai and Japanese Garden"

Choju-ji Temple is the residence site of Ashikaga Takauji, the founder of Muromachi Bakufu. It is only open for the limited season, and can be called the hidden temple of Kamakura. Here, you can enjoy the Ajisai while walking in the garden, when tired, you can sit on the corridor of a patch of small room and overlook the backyard leisurely.

In the fall, the garden here will be dyed red by the maple leaves, so as a place to watch the scenery, you can also taste the atmosphere that is completely different from the summer.

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Choju-ji Temple
▪️Viewing period: early June - mid June
▪️Address:1506, Yamanouchi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
▪️Opening time: Only from 10 am to 3 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays (not open in rainy days) in spring (April, May, June) , autumn(October・November)
▪️Cost: 300 yen
▪️Transportation: 15 minutes walk from Kita-Kamakura Station of JR Yokosuka Line

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Inamuragasaki Park  "Ajisai and Enoshima Island and Fujisan

When moving from Kamakura to Enoshima, you can take the best view of Ajisai and Enoshima. If it is fine, you can see the Fujisan!

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Inamuragasaki Park
▪️Viewing period: early June
▪️Address: 1-chome, Inamuragasaki, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
▪️Cost: Free
▪️Transportation: 5 minutes walk from Inamuragasaki Station of Enoshima Dentetsu

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There are still many other places to enjoy Ajisai We will recommend to you too Kousoku-ji Temple  ~You can enjoy more than 200 kinds of Ajisai~

In the Kousoku-ji Temple, which is very close to the Hase-dera Temple, you can see more than 200 kinds of potted Ajisai collected from all over Japan. If you want to catch a glimpse of the different Ajisai, then we recommend you here.

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▪️Viewing period: late May - early June
▪️Address: 3-9-7, Hase, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
▪️Opening hours: 7:30 - sunset
▪️Fixed rest day: none
▪️Cost: 100 yen
▪️Transportation: 10 minutes walk from Hase Station of Enoshima Dentetsu

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Engaku-ji Temple  ~Enjoying slowly in the wide temple~

Once in the season of Ajisai, the temples in Kamakura will be very crowded everywhere, but the Engaku-ji Temple does not give people a feeling of overcrowding because it is relatively wide. Here, you can see the only national treasure building in Kamakura, "Engaku-ji Temple's Shariden" and the national treasure "Ogane", it must be a good choice to appreciate them with Ajisai.

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▪️Viewing period: early June - early July
▪️Address: 409, Yamanouchi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
▪️Opening hours: 
[March - November] 8:00 - 16:30
[December - February] 8:00 - 16:00
▪️Fixed rest day: none
▪️Cost: 300 yen for adults, 100 yen for primary and secondary school students
▪️Transportation: 1 minute walk from Kita-Kamakura Station of JR Yokosuka Line

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You can also enjoy it in Tokyo Four famous places for Ajisai viewing in Tokyo

For those who can't go to Kamakura, next we want to introduce to you the famous places for Ajisai viewing in Tokyo.

2019 Ajisai MAP(Tokyo) Bunkyo Ajisai Festival

As one of the five famous flower festivals in Bunkyo-ku, "Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri" will also be held this year. During the festival, Hakusan-jinja Shrine and Hakusan Park will be beautifully decorated by about 20 species of 3,000 Ajisai. As for the reservations about activities such as shopping malls and food stalls, please check with HP!

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Bunkyo Ajisai Festival
▪️Viewing period: June 8, 2019 (Saturday) - June 16 (Sunday)
▪️Address: 5-31-26, Hakusan, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo
▪️Cost: Free
▪️Transportation: 
 3 minutes walk from Hakusan Station of Toei Mita Line
 5 minutes walk from Honkomagome Station of Tokyo Metro Namboku Line

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Ajisai Path in Sumida Park

There are about 10,000 Ajisai planted in the range of 2km from the entrance of Azumabashi at Asakusa to Sanya-bori Square. You can take a look at them when go sightseeing at Asakusa, where you can also take the Ajisai and the Tokyo Skytree at the same time!

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Ajisai Path in Sumida Park
▪️Viewing period: mid June - late June
▪️Address: Hanakawado/Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo
▪️Cost: Free
▪️Transportation:
5 minutes walk from Asakusa Station of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
7 minutes walk from Asakusa Station of Toei Asakusa Line

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Toshimaen Ajisai Festival

In addition to the amazing rides and playing pool, from the end of May, the Ajisai Festival will also be held in the Toshimaen Amusement Park of Nerima-ku so as to match the blossom season of Ajisai. At that time, there will be as many as 150 species of 10,000 Ajisai planted in the park! During the festival, many activities will also be held, such as JAZZ Festival and Pressed Flower Art classroom, so if you don't like the thrilling rides, you can spend a whole day in the park too!

Moreover, during this period, you can also spend a little money on enjoying the activity plan of Ajisai Night which is "night Ajisai+decorative lighting"!

* "Ajisai Night" will held from 17:00 and the entrance fee shall be 300 yen.
* Preferred Date:Only the weekend from June 1 (Saturday) to 23 (Sunday) (not held in rainy days)
 * The decorative lighting will be started at 17:30

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Toshimaen Ajisai Festival
▪️Viewing period: May 25, 2019 (Saturday) - June 24, 2019 (Monday)
▪️Address: 3-25-1, Kouyama, Nerima Ward, Tokyo
▪️Opening hours: 10:00 - 17:00
* The opening time will be extended to 19:30 when holding "Ajisai Night"
▪️Cost: 1,000 yen for middle school student and above, 500 yen for 3 years old - primary school students
▪️Transportation: 
1 minute walk from Toshimaen Station of Seibu Ikebukuro Line
2 minutes walk from Toshimaen Station of Toei Oedo Line

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