Visitors have flocked to a temple in Kamakura City, near Tokyo, to view about 2,500 hydrangea flowers in full bloom.
Many people visited Hasedera on Thursday after its gate opened at 8 AM.
More than 40 types of hydrangea flowers cover the slopes around walking paths in the temple’s compound. They started turning color around mid-May and came into full bloom about one week earlier than usual.
A man in his 30s said he came all the way from Toyama Prefecture, along the Sea of Japan, with his family. He said the flowers were very beautiful as their colors apparently deepened in the rain.
A university student said she likes blue hydrangea flowers and took many photos. She said she felt as if her heart became pure.
Temple officials say the flowers should remain in bloom until around the end of next week.
Source and image: NHK