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Hydrangeas at Tokyo’s Takahata Fudo-son Temple

Writer : kosu

Takahata Fudo-son Temple is located in Hino City of Tokyo Prefecture. It is one of the three famous Fudo temples of the Kanto region, and it is one of Tokyo’s most famous locations for hydrangeas. The temple has around 7500 hydrangeas of 200 varieties growing wild around it, and a hydrangea festival is held annually from early June through early July, when they are at their most beautiful.

This photo is from a visit in June of 2015.

Takahata Fudo-son Temple
Takahata Fudo-son Temple

The temple is located close to a station and has free admission, so it’s conveniently located for easy access.

Five-storied pagoda

This five-storied pagoda is one of the highlights of the temple.There were food stalls in the area too, possibly because of the hydrangea festival.

five-storied pagoda
five-storied pagoda

The mountain behind the temple has a hiking course that goes up and down it.
Many hydrangeas bloom along the mountain, so be sure to visit in comfortable shoes for walking!

many hydrangeas bloom along the mountain
many hydrangeas bloom along the mountain

Dampness

I took these photos with my camera’s settings somewhat darkened to bring out the damp feeling these hydrangeas had, as they bloom during the rainy season.

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“Yamauchi Hachijuuhakkasho” with Jizo Statues

There are 88 small Jizo statues scattered around the temple’s grounds, creating a pilgrimage course across the grounds inspired by the 88-site Shikoku Pilgrimage. This is a great and easy experience to undertake for those who can’t travel all over Japan’s four islands.

Here are some photos of the Jizo statues alongside hydrangeas.

the Jizo statues alongside hydrangeas
the Jizo statues alongside hydrangeas
the Jizo statues alongside hydrangeas
the Jizo statues alongside hydrangeas
the Jizo statues alongside hydrangeas

The Yamauchi Hachijuuhakkasho can take over an hour to complete in full. It’s good exercise!

A High-Key Style

I fiddled with my camera’s settings a bit and took some high-key (bright setting) photos.

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Lastly, Photograph the Main Gate

After walking along the path, I made my way back to the entry area. I had planned on taking a temple-esque picture at this point, but my camera’s battery died. I also wanted to take some pictures of hydrangeas at Keio Mogusaen, just one station over, but instead I just trudged on back home.

Main Gate and hydrangeas
Main Gate and hydrangeas

※Date Visited:June 13th, 2015

Summary

This time, I got to see gorgeous hydrangeas thanks to visiting at a good time.
There are many sightseers during the hydrangea festival, but the walking path was comparatively unpopulated, and it was easy to get around.
The walking area is large enough that you can get a bit lost without a map. However, there are maps of the area posted everywhere, so don’t be afraid to use them!

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Basic information on Takahata-Fudoson Kongoji

Address
733 Takahata, Hino City, Tokyo[MAP]
Access
5 minutes on foot from Takahatafudo Station off of the Keio Line and Tama Toshi Monorail
Tel
042-591-0032
Hours
9:00-17:00
Closed
Open every day
Admission
Free
WEB
URL(Japanese)