Kamakura in December / Autumn Leaves in the Shishimai and the Zuisenji Temple

December 2019:

We can enjoy the autumn leaves in Kamakura till the middle of December. As we visited there a little later, the autumn leaves in the major shrines and temples had finished changing color and the leaves had fallen. However, the mountainous regions such as the Shisimai and the Zuisenji temple still had left on the trees.

On the way to the Shishimai, we stopped by the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and the Kamakura-gu shrine. Almost all of the autumn leaves had fallen.

Yanagihara Pond in the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Yanagihara Pond in the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

After fifteen minutes of walking from the entrance of the Shishimai Valley, we began to see the autumn leaves.

This tree was in the middle of the autumn leaves, so the gradation of red and green was beautiful.

There was one point where there were many autumn leaves in the Shishimai Valley. The peak of the autumn leaves had finished, so the surrounding trees were orange rather than red.

Carpet of autumn leaves
Autumn leaves and moss

This video is the 2017 video because it was past peak this time.

(with sound)

After that, we went to Zuisenji temple. When we looked closer, we could see the autumn leaves had started to wither, but we could enjoy them from a distance.

Sando (approach)
Sanmon (main gate)

On the way back, we stopped by the Soba (Japanese buckwheat noodle) restaurant, “Kamakura Takeshi”.


Juwari-soba (soba made with only soba flour)
Yuzu-giri (Soba made with soba flour kneaded with citron)