Japan is famous for its spring carpet of cherry blossom and autumnal red leaves. Less well known are the hydrangeas – ajisai in Japanese – that brighten up the dreary June rainy season.

Mimurotoji temple in Uji is a quiet place outside of June and July – a place to absorb the peace and enjoy a historic site away from the crowds. Having said that, you’d miss the flowers! The main garden has 10,000 hydrangeas in various pink, purple, blue and white hues and a path that snakes right through them.

You are advised to get there as early as possible(the temple opens at 08:30), especially on a sunny weekend. Otherwise, by mid-morning, you will be competing with plenty of other flower-viewers and the paths are narrow…

See more details at Mimuroto-ji Temple.


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