From the middle of November, the leaves of trees turn red and yellow in
Enoshima and Kamakura. However, there are very few places to enjoy autumn
colors at night only at Hasedera Temple in Kamakura area.
At the end of November when the autumn colors are at its peak season in
the area, the garden of Hasedera Temple is lighted-up and special night-time
admission is held.
Usually, these places are closed at night. So, it is a great chance to
see the rare night views even if the local people!
A famous old temple as a flower sightseeing spot in Hase west of Kamakura
City, Hasedera Temple
will light up the garden and buildings only during the peak season of
When you go to the entrance of this old temple, a red large Chochin (traditional Japanese style lantern) like the one in Kaminari-mon gate in Asakusa (but it is much smaller than Asakusa's), illuminated at the main entrance gate of the temple and welcoming your visit.
When entering the gate, you will see big maple trees (Momiji in Japanese
) colored vividly red.
The trees of Momiji surrounding around the pond and dyed red are, of course,
wonderful. But opening time is very limited and you can go here again on
the way back, it is better to go to the upper precincts first.
On the way to upper precincts, there is some Buddha statue, that seems to be buried with fallen autumn leaves, also lighted up here and there along the way.
In the upper precincts of Hasedera Temple, major buildings and autumn
colored trees are illuminated.
During the illumination event period, all the halls are also open, so you
can visit and see the famous wooden Kannon statue at night.
The most interesting place in the upper precincts is around the "Kyo-zo
Hall" (経蔵) building. Because there are many maple trees around here.
Contrasting the monotone color of the buildings of old temple with the
vivid red and yellow colored trees is a symbolic sight of the autumn of
Bamboo forest in the back of Kyo-zo Hall building is also illuminated
during the event.
The famous bamboo temple in Kamakura is Hokokuji Temple (報国寺), but there
is no night admission. So, it is a sight that can be seen only here in
Hasedera Temple's famous "Mountain path of Hydrangea
" also turns into "Mountain path of Autumn Colors" in this
You can look down the beautiful autumn colored illuminated garden from
Here is a recommended place because it is not crowded at night. However,
please be careful with your step as it is dark and the stairs are steep.
When you go down the stone stairs you will return to the lower garden where
you can see the most beautiful autumn leaves in the precincts of Hasedera
The leaves of big old maple trees planted around the pond are dyed red,
orange and yellow and illuminated by the darkness of the night is really
It is hard to express by words, so please visit here and see it!
In several hall buildings, modest lighting is lit inside, the figure of
the statue can be seen or the beautiful pattern will be displayed in a
round shaped window.