A test of the lights that will illuminate Mimurotoji temple's thousands of hydrangeas when they are in full bloom later this month gave flower lovers a glimpse of the magical atmosphere that is soon to come.
There are about 10,000 plants of colorful hydrangeas in the compound, lending to its nickname, Ajisai dera (Hydrangea temple).
Currently, about 50 to 60 percent of the flowers are in bloom, according to a temple official.
The peak time to view the hydrangeas starts around June 20, the official said.
The temple plans to light up the flowers from 7-9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays starting June 14 and continuing until June 29. Entry by 8:30 p.m.
Admission for high school students and older is 500 yen ($5), junior high school students and younger, 300 yen.