Autumn Colors in Kamakura: 8 Classic Temples with Beautiful Fall Landscapes

Kamakura boasts a distinguished history going back to the early days of powerful samurai clans. Many shrines and temples associated with these clans still survive today, and in late November, the grounds and gardens are ablaze with beautiful colors!

Autumn Colors in Kamakura: 8 Classic Temples with Beautiful Fall Landscapes

Kanagawa > Kamakura > Yamanouchi

Engaku-ji Temple

Engaku-ji Temple

The large temple right before your eyes upon exiting JR Kitakamakura Station is Engaku-ji Temple. As the head temple of the Rinzai school's Engaku-ji sect, there are many highlights, including the temple gate and bell, and it was once visited by the famous writers Natsume Soseki and Shimazaki Toson. The grounds are spacious, so there are many great spots for viewing the fall leaves. It is also an excellent time to view camellia flowers.

Kanagawa > Kamakura > Yamanouchi

Toke-ji Temple

Toke-ji Temple

Long known as a convent and refuge for women, in recent years it has also drawn interest as a power spot for its significance in "breaking negative bonds and bringng happiness." In addition to the looming maple trees in front of the main hall, it is also worth seeing the tall, brilliant yellow gingko trees.

Kanagawa > Kamakura > Yamanouchi

Jochi-ji Temple

Jochi-ji Temple

Its Chinese-style bell tower gate standing among the cedar trees is a landmark. The fall foliage near the main gate and stone steps are particularly gorgeous, and you can enjoy the fall colors in their simple, natural state inside the grounds. The grounds are also connected to the Mt. Genji hiking course, so you can see many people enjoying the autumn leaves while walking along the trail.

Kanagawa > Kamakura > Nikaido

Zuisen-ji Temple

Zuisen-ji Temple

Flowers are continually in bloom all year round, so it is also sometimes called "the Temple of Flowers." In the area around Zuisen-ji Temple, there is a place called "the Valley of Autumn Leaves" where there are beautifully colored maples and gingkos during the season for fall foliage. Winter cherry blossoms and chrysanthemum bloom in the garden there.

Kanagawa > Kamakura > Hase

Hase-dera Temple

Hase-dera Temple

It is distinguished by the three dimensional effect of its fall foliage created by the difference in elevation between the mountains and the temple. For special evening visits it is slowly lit up as night falls, so it is recommend that you enter the grounds while it is still light out. Enjoy watching the gorgeously colored trees transform into a fairytale landscape.

Kanagawa > Kamakura > Yamanouchi

Meigetsu-in Temple

Meigetsu-in Temple

When you enter the grounds, the bright red autumn leaves spread out overhead. Meigetsu-in Temple is situated in a small valley, so the path through the grounds is narrow, allowing you to experience the feeling of being surrounded by fall foliage. Visiting the main hall is definitely a must. When you peer into the garden through the round windows, it feels as though you are looking at a beautiful landscape painting.

Kanagawa > Kamakura > Ogigayatsu

Kaizo-ji Temple

Kaizo-ji Temple

This temple is well known as a spot for viewing autumn-blooming flowers. In late November, the path to the gate becomes a tunnel of fall leaves that extends a colorful welcome to visitors. There is a bell tower on the grounds flanked by magnificent maples. They complement the bamboo umbrellas which are a symbol of Kaizo-ji Temple.

Kanagawa > Kamakura > Nikaido

Kakuon-ji Temple

Kakuon-ji Temple

Many buddha statues from the Kamakura and Muromachi periods still survive at Kakuon-ji Temple. Traces of that time period remain here and there, including the epitaph of Ashikaga Takauji inscribed on a pillar in the Yakushi-do Hall. There are many maple trees on the grounds, and it is famous locally as a place to view fall foliage. The dawn redwoods and other rare and ancient trees are beautifully colored as well.

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