I saw the Myohoji hydrangeas on a hot day in June 2022. It was about 32°c. Not that hot, but it was when I had to walk in the sun for nearly an hour. On top of that, I had my camera and a bag full of lenses. But it was worth it for some flower photography.
The hydrangeas were past their best. When I was there, many of them had already started to wilt. Others suffered sun damage. That was okay as I had enough in good condition to photograph.
Have you seen the Myohoji hydrangeas before? If you haven’t, they are at the rear of the temple. You’ll find them next to the graveyard. Most temples have one of those.
They are in a large square with Japanese Irises in the middle. Unfortunately, those had well and truly wilted. There were none left when I got there.
There are more hydrangeas along a lantern-lined path. That gives the garden a traditional feel. Actually, it is my favorite hydrangea-themed photo from Myohoji. I wonder what it would look like if it were lit at night?
All these photos were handheld HDR. The conditions were a little windy, but that wasn’t a problem. I simply waited until the gusts died down, then took my photos.
Anyway, the garden is one of the smaller ones in Tokyo. Hakusan’s is larger. Its arrangement of flowers is more garden-like. There are even hydrangeas in pots around the shrine.
And, of course, it doesn’t even compare to the one at Takahata-Fudo temple, which might even be the biggest in the city. Don’t trust me, as I haven’t checked it out. There might be a larger one somewhere. If you know, please tell me.
Myohoji temple is an excellent place to go. There are never many people there, and it is beautiful. It has a lot of history. You can read more about it here.
The one-hour walk in the heat was worth it. Not only did I get some nice flower pics, but I photographed the temple. The building is beautiful. It would be great if I could go there more.
I don’t know anyone who has been to the Myohoji hydrangeas. If you have, please let me know what you think of them. And if you have any questions or comments, leave those below.
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Date photos taken: 24 June 2022