Hase-dera Temple, Kamakura

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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  • Crowded River, less than 10 minutes walk from hase station. Many people, cannot walk at your own pace. In the vending machine, buy admission tickets. First of all please leave nokyo-Sho from visits to. With famous jizo. Photo spot has become. Is an awe-inspiring Temple juichimen kanzeon bosatsu and appearance. Temple on your left Kan Museum, you can see rare lower statues. Is tight lookout trail and go further left, go up the ocean of Kamakura. And blooming flowers of the season on the trail, which can be enjoyed. At that time, was blooming lovely saffron. Down the stairs, Benten kutsu cave on the right are Buddha carved in a dimly lit cave. Try the jizo calm after leaving the cave, in Vermillion, nokyo-sho.
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  • One of the Buddhist temples in the city of Kamakura. The main statue of Kannon is one of the largest wooden statues in Japan, with a height of 9.18 metres.  more »
  • How many mini-budhas can you count? There are a lot! Also in the tunnel lighted with candles... that is beautiful! And from the top you get a great view of the city of Kamakura! This was indeed really...  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!
  • Absolute must during Sakura. The cherry blossom trees give a fantastic twist to this place. A must stop.
  • 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!

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Given the easy access from Tokyo via a number of public transport options, the vast majority of visitors to Kamakura choose to stay in the capital and head here for a day trip. If you feel there's too much to see in one day, then you'll be pleased to find a decent selection of accommodations in Kamakura itself. Down by the sea sit perhaps the most luxurious of the crop, with sea views high on the list of desires for those who stay here. Follow the river as it snakes inland past the train station, and you'll see a good number of more standard hotels, as well as particularly budget-friendly guesthouses.
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