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Hase-dera Temple, Kamakura

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#2 of 719 in Historic Sites in Kanagawa Prefecture
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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. 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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  • Very nice temple, plenty of little inlets and sub-shrines to check out, including one in a cave. If you can go during late May/early June there are lovely hydrangeas blooming everywhere. 
    Very nice temple, plenty of little inlets and sub-shrines to check out, including one in a cave. If you can go during late May/early June there are lovely hydrangeas blooming everywhere.  more »
  • 鎌倉を代表する寺院の一つ。代表的な観光スポットの一つでもあるため、休日を中心に連日多くの参拝客や観光客が訪れる。周遊するだけなら1時間程度の広さであるが、境内は庭園や仏教建築物をはじめとする多くの文化財が点在するため、じっくり鑑賞しながら周遊すれば、ゆうに2時間は超える。 小高い山の山腹に寺院が建造されており、各建物への移動は基本的に階段での上り下りになる。そのため、車椅子等の障碍を持つ方は利用し...  more
    鎌倉を代表する寺院の一つ。代表的な観光スポットの一つでもあるため、休日を中心に連日多くの参拝客や観光客が訪れる。周遊するだけなら1時間程度の広さであるが、境内は庭園や仏教建築物をはじめとする多くの文化財が点在するため、じっくり鑑賞しながら周遊すれば、ゆうに2時間は超える。 小高い山の山腹に寺院が建造されており、各建物への移動は基本的に階段での上り下りになる。そのため、車椅子等の障碍を持つ方は利用し...  more »
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  • The entrance fee is 400 yen and there is paid parking right outside the temple. It’s one of my favourite temples around Kamakura! The hydrangeas and autumn foliage here are stunning as is the view from the top of hydrangea mountain. There’s a open area with snacks and drinks, and there’s also a vegetarian cafe (indoors but with big glass windows) overlooking the ocean.
  • A beautiful gem tucked away off the busy street. If you’re in the area, and already getting fleeced for parking, you should absolutely visit. Keep your eyes pealed for the little cavern you can walk through and try to visit while the hydrangeas are in bloom.

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