Spring Japan is most famous for its cherry blossoms, but there are also several places where Hydrangeas are the feature. This is Meigetsu-in temple in Kita-Kamakura, founded in 1160.
This is the main entrance:
This is a Japanese fruit called a
biwa (a type of loquat, I think):
The hydrandreas are mainly blue but there are other colours as well:
The Inner Temple is only open twice a year, this being one of them, but I didn’t queue up for it:
But it’s still nice to wander around all the other temple buildings:
Dressing up for the occasion:
And then it’s time for tea:
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This was a larger garden which featured a central pond:
The eight smaller gardens are surrounded by formal walls and linked by passages. This one has also been featured on several TV dramas:
Every now and then you get a glimpse of the white walls of the main castle:
Edo-style gardens (1603-1867) are characterized as ‘strolling’ gardens which featured ponds, islands and small hills with meandering paths. This was one of the smaller ponds:
The garden offered certain viewpoints which often featured ‘borrowed landscape’ such as the castle:
Keeping an eye on us:
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Right next to Himeji Castle is Kokoen, a garden opened in 1992 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Himeji municipality.
This is the entrance to the garden:
Blossoms near the entrance:
The bridge crosses into the main part of the garden, which is the site of the former Lord’s residence:
The pond in the main garden:
Shinjuku Gyoen actually comprises three gardens together: a Japanese traditional garden, an English landscape garden and a French formal garden. These are from the French garden, looking out towards Aoyama.
We went for a stroll around Shinjuku Gyoen to see the Autumn leaves – they are pretty spectacular in the Japanese traditional garden. There is also a small restaurant in the middle that does a nice set lunch.