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Hase-dera Temple, Kamakura

Must see · Historic Site · Religious Site
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. Work out when and for how long to visit Hase-dera Temple and other Kamakura attractions using our handy Kamakura trip planner.
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  • Japanese follows English. Located just a short distance from Hase Station, this is a famous temple with a very beautiful garden and an observation deck spot with a view of Kamakura. It was a very hot....  more »
  • This temple complex provides a scenic walk and breathtaking views of the sea. Like any other shrine/temple visit, be prepared for a lot of walking up stairs but it is well worth it. It is also large.....  more »
  • The Temple is located on a hill in Kamakura that overlooks the sea. There is the main temple and museum as well as a number of shrines. It has a unique grotto that you can walk through as the...  more »
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  • Really wonderful shrine with a great surrounding park. Entrance is ¥400 but especially the cave is a special treat. Be ready to crouch for a few meters if you enter
  • Every section of the temple was well cared for and maintained. It was quiet and peaceful. The fish ponds were my favorite part.
  • A very beautiful temple to go to. the entrance fee is cheap and in my opinion completely worth it. You are also able to pay with credit card. There is also a super wonderful view of the seascape. A really short walk from the metro station as well.
  • One of the most beautiful temples in Kamakura : it has a really lovely garden, grotto with deities, and a lovely open wood decked area overlooking the Pacific - with a convenient seating area. A really ancient temple seen in February 2021 with the first plum and prunus blossoming, quite entrancing! Highly recommended now there are so few tourists.
  • One of the extremely nice and contemplative places around. Quite large area with quiet gardens on a hill. Restaurant with delicious vegetarian dishes and a stunning view on Zushi Bay inside.

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