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Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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Use the "JNTO TRAVEL PLANNER" for train and map information helpful in traveling around Japan.

  • By simply entering the departing and arrival station, get an overview of train transfer method, fares, and travel time.
  • By simply selecting the arrival airport and major train stations around Japan, find routes to stations nearest your destination.
  • Display a map of the arrival train station and areas surrounding sightseeing spots.

Read the "Usage Guide" and use this service for a safe and enjoyable trip in Japan.

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Shrines and Temples


Meigetsu-in Ajisai Temple

Meigetsu-in is widely known as a beauty spot for hydrangeas and accordingly is known as the Hydrangea Temple (Ajisai-dera). In June when the hydrangeas are at their best, people queue from the JR Kita-Kamakura Station to Meigetsu-in, and the temple bustles with visitors. Originally Meigetsu-in was a small temple located within a larger temple, until it was restored in the 14th century by Uesugi Norikata, then a powerful warlord. Meigetsu-in is also known as the site of the tomb of Hojo Tokiyori, once the supreme ruler of Japan who was based in Kamakura.

189 Yamanouchi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa

Admission Fee
300 yen (regular fee) Iris garden: 500 yen (open in June)


JR Kita-Kamakura Stn./10-min. walk

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