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(meigetsu in)

Meigetsu-in is a beautiful Zen Buddhist temple located in Kamakura, Japan. It is famous for its stunning garden that is known to be one of the most picturesque spots in the city. The temple was founded in 1160 and was originally named Zenko-ji. However, it was later renamed Meigetsu-in by its founder, Yamanouchi Tsunetoshi. Meigetsu-in is a must-visit attraction in Kamakura for anyone interested in Japanese culture and history.

The temple is known for its beautiful garden, which is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. The garden is designed in the classic Zen style and features a large pond surrounded by cherry trees, Japanese maples, and other plants. The garden is particularly famous for its hydrangeas, which bloom in the rainy season and create a stunning display of color.

In addition to its beautiful garden, Meigetsu-in is also home to several important cultural artifacts. The temple’s main hall contains a statue of the Buddha and a painting of the Amitabha Buddha, both of which are designated as important cultural properties by the Japanese government. The temple also has a tea house where visitors can enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

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