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Hase-dera Temple, Kamakura

#2 of 715 in Historic Sites in Kanagawa Prefecture
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 »
  • 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.

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