Kamakura's 4 Best Autumn Leaves Spots In 2018 - Temples, Parks And More!

Kamakura's 4 Best Autumn Leaves Spots In 2018 - Temples, Parks And More!

Kanagawa 2017.10.17

Kamakura is a popular sightseeing spot throughout the year, but it is especially charming in the autumn when the leaves of the trees turn red. Check out some of the best spots to visit in Kamakura during autumn!

Translated by Jasmine Nishino

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Enjoy the Fall Foliage in Kamakura!

Throughout Japan, there are many places where you can enjoy the beautiful foliage in autumn. Among the various locations, there is a great collection of spots to see the red leaves in the ancient city of Kamakura. You can reach Kamakura from Tokyo in about an hour. Why not take a journey out of the busy city to witness the autumn scenery yourself?

For more information about the city of Kamakura itself, please read Kamakura Area Guide - Transportation And Places To Visit.

Kamakura is slightly on the warmer side in comparison to Tokyo and is nice to spend time in. Due to the temperature and weather, the prime time to see the foliage is in November and December. In this article, we would like to feature popular spots in Kamakura to see the colorful leaves of autumn.

1. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Photo courtesy of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

Throughout the year, many tourists come to visit the famous Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Known to be one of the highlights of Kamakura city, this is a great spot to enjoy the autumn scenery when the leaves begin to change color. It is also conveniently located just ten minutes by foot from Kamakura Station. This is a perfect spot for those who wish to casually enjoy the foliage in Japan.

The best time to see the leaves at Tsuragaoka Hachimangu is at the end of November to the beginning of December.

2. Genjiyama Park

Photo courtesy of Kamakura city

After going up the Kewaizaka hill, known to be one of the seven entrances of Kamakura, you will spot Genjiyama Park. With many cherry blossom trees, people visit this park to enjoy the flowers in the spring.

Meanwhile, in the summer, the hydrangeas go into bloom and in the autumn, the leaves change color. Genjiyama Park is a great place to witness the change in seasonal scenery, but the red leaves in the late fall from November to December are undoubtedly the highlight of this area. Why not have a picnic on a sunny day or even go on a hike throughout the park?

The best time to see the leaves in Genjiyama Park is at the end of November to the beginning of December.

3. Meigetsuin Temple

Photo courtesy of Meigetsuin Temple.

Meigetsuin is a temple that is part of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism and is widely known as one of the top three hydrangea viewing spots of Kamakura. This temple is often referred as the hydrangea temple from the beautiful flowers in the temple grounds.

During autumn, the highlight of this temple is the main temple. When visiting the main temple, see the fantastic view of the autumn leaves framed by the circular window. This is a sight you shouldn't miss out when visiting during the autumn season.

The best time to see the leaves at Meigetsuin Temple is at the end of November to the beginning of December.

4. Hasedera Temple

Hasedera temple is another hydrangea temple that is also known to be a spot where you can enjoy the seasonal scenery throughout the year. During the rainy season, the colorful hydrangeas go into full bloom. During the autumn season, the leaves get lit up after sundown and you can get a different view of the temple from the day time.

The best time to see the leaves at Hasedera Temple is at the end of November to the beginning of December.

Visit Kamakura in the Autumn!

As you can see in the photos, the temples become very picturesque during the autumn season. In addition to the spots we have mentioned, there are plenty of wonderful other spots and temples such as Jochiji Temple and Engakuji Temple to see the foliage. Kamakura itself is a beautiful city and a great spot to enjoy the seasonal views.

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