The last resting place of Hojo Tokiyori, one of the most powerful men in Kamakura’s history.
Meigetsu-in is the site of Hojo Tokiyori's tomb
Meigetsu-in has so many hydrangeas that it's known as 'hydrangea temple'
Meigetsu-in Temple is a ten minute walk from JR Kita Kamakura Station, one stop north of JR Kamakura Station on the Yokosuka Line.
Hojo Tokiyori was the leading administrator of the Kamakura Shogunate in the 13th century and an effective dictator, leaving the Shogun as a puppet figurehead. His fingerprints are all over Kamakura, particularly in the temples he founded. Meigetsu-in is the site of his tomb.
In addition to its historical significance, Meigetsu-in is so famous for its hydrangeas that it is colloquially known as Hydrangea Temple. When the flowers are at their peak in mid-June, the temple becomes crowded with visitors from near and far. The temple is also famous for irises which are found in the inner garden. This is usually kept closed to visitors but in June it is opened to show off the beautiful flowers.