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 .
Tours to Hase-dera Temple
Kamakura Highlights Tour with Tea Ceremony and Enoshima Bay Drive from Tokyo BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $118
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
Half-Day Kamakura Walking Tour with Kotokuin (Great Buddha) BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $89
Duration: 5 hours
Hase-dera Temple Reviews
朝8時からお参りできるようで、9時前に入りました。まだ、境内にも人が少なく、静かな時間が過ごせました。 しばらくすると、遠足の小学生が来て楽しそうにしていました。 境内の休憩所前では、フリーWiFiが使えました。 more »I was able to visit from 8 in the morning, so I went in before 9 o'clock. There were still few people in the precincts, so we had a quiet time. After a while, the elementary school students of the excursion came and seemed to be having fun. Free WiFi was available in front of the rest area in the precincts.
Hasedera is huge, and one can spend a considerable amount of time here (compared to Kotoku-in). I particularly enjoyed their garden and ponds, as well as the observatory deck. There were stairs furthe... more »
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