Kamakura in July / Half-day Plan: Lotuses in Tsurugaoka Hachimangu and Komyoji Temple and Hongakuji Temple, Chinese trumpet vine in Myohonji Temple

July 2019:

Late July is the season for lotuses if it is an average year, so we went around famous places. However, blooming lotuses were not good this year. I’m not sure if this was because of a lack of sunlight from the record-breaking long rain in July.

09:00 Kamakura Sta.
09:15 Tsurugaoka Hachimangu
10:00 Komyoji Temple
10:45 Hongakuji Temple
11:00 Myohonji Temple


The lotus blooms in the early morning and closes in the afternoon, so we had to go around quickly.
At first, we went ahead to Genpei Pond in Tsurugaoka Hachimangu. I was worried because the street was not crowded.

I wondered if the lotuses in Tsurugaoka Hachimangu had already bloomed. There were few visitors here, too.

Genpei Pond

We went to Komyoji Temple in a hurry without staying too long. If you go on foot, it takes a little while to walk through.

The three types of lotuses are planted in Komyoji Temple, and Ancient Lotus ( Oga Lotus) and Suihiren were blooming. However, the numbers of blooming flowers were few.

The viewing seats of lotuses
Lotus pond
It is said that this name came from a queen whose cheeks were flushed from alcohol
Ancient Lotus (Oga Lotus)

As it was a humid day, we returned by bus. We got off at Kamakura stop, which was a terminal, and went ahead to Hongakuji Temple.

There were lotus pots in Hongakuji Temple, and those were in season. It was good that we could see them up close.

Then, we went to see the Chinese trumpet vine in Myohonji Temple. Those had already bloomed.

We ate lunch at Rudy Brew – Craft beer & American food, which was near Kamakura Sta. It had various Japanese craft beers.

Bay pilsner (950 yen) and Hoppy Credy Belgian Ale (1,300 yen)
Garlic shrimp lunch (1,300 yen)
Taquitos lunch (900 yen)