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Hase-dera Temple, Kamakura

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Known for its eleven-headed statue of a bodhisattva associated with mercy, Hase-dera Temple 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 Temple and other Kamakura attractions into our Kamakura vacation route planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This is a large temple, not too far from the train station. you can see both the hydrangea and traditional Japanese temple. There is a "hydrangea path" in the temple, you can enjoy the view and flower...  more »
  • it made me wanna cry. Take your time and enjoy the ponds, the peonies. It is one of the most beautiful temples in Japan. The Jizo are so cute!  more »
  • Full disclosure: I LOVE hydrangeas and have 10+ in my yard. We serendipitously happened upon this gorgeous temple at the peak of blooming, and there is a path that leads you through the vertical hydra...  more »
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  • Love the place. Great lunch with reasonable price. Great view everywhere you walk. Make sure the cave is visited. If time allowed, walk down the beach. It has fishy odor, but its a nice fishing village.
  • Do not miss this place. Even though it does not enjoy much exposure in travel guides and local bulletins it is the most beautiful temple in Kamakura. It has it all: wonderful views, buildings and variety of gardens. There is also a cave and a museum. A dry rock garden was amazing!
  • Very fascinating temple. Nice view to the sea. Lovely carps (I found golden fish 😀) and Japanese garden. Relaxing atmosphere.
  • 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!
  • For 300 Â¥, it is really good value. There many things to see: beautiful gardens, statues, a cave even. More english descriptions would be welcome.