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Hase-dera, Kamakura

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Known for its eleven-headed statue of a bodhisattva associated with mercy, Hase-dera probably dates back to the 8th century CE. Though several documents indicate that the temple may have been established later, local lore maintains the site's earlier origins. Explore the onsite museum (for an additional cost), take in the coastal views of Kamakura, and enjoy the lush temple garden. Most importantly, be sure to view the wooden sculpture of bodhisattva Kannon, which, as legend has it, was carved from a camphor tree in 721. Put Hase-dera and other Kamakura attractions into our Kamakura vacation route planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Even this temple I liked it a lot! The view of the Bay is very nice even though the day was particularly gloomy and so less spectacular.
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  • Every time I go to Temple, visited several times, but has changed the scene. Good parking, or goddess of mercy Museum (sold separately) and conspicuous but commercialism. Souvenir shops are great! Curry Temple of light sea-an upscale restaurant seems to be 1,000 yen. Just a wonderful view from the ground, so I will go. It is only the high.
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  • Hasedera Temple is famous as flowers in Kamakura temples and temple grounds, clear winter days exploring your environment is recommended. Great views of the skyline view from Kamakura. And this temple is a huge statue, benzaiten statues in the cave, good match jizo, jizo nagomi Planetarium.
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  • A nice temple with golden statues! A quite shrine room for worshipping. It was very beautiful in the spring. We had a vegetarian Japanese meal from the temple cafeteria with a great view of sea!
  • If you are a tourist, this place may be worth paying a visit to. However, you may be curious about what's going on behind this sacred temple. The behavior and morality of the chief priest here have been increasingly questionable. One of the main duties imposed on the Buddhist abbot is to reside at a temple. However the chief priest of Kamakura Hase Temple lives at a different place right off the shore of the beach. This guy, married to a young woman, benefits from tax exemptions and loves playing golf too. He is a hypocrite, crooked, and a lot worse than Donald Trump!
  • I enjoyed this so much more than Daibutsu! ! Especially the cave and the ocean view!!
  • This is a beautiful temple complex and well worth a visit. You have an amazing view from here.
  • A temple complex devoted to Kannon (Quan Yin ) set in a beautiful garden with views of the ocean. One of my favourite places in Japan.