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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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  • We think that the Hasedera is the best temple to visit during a Kamakura trip in June. Not only can you enjoy hydrangea flowers floating in several of the temple's ponds, but also a small grotto, one....  more
    We think that the Hasedera is the best temple to visit during a Kamakura trip in June. Not only can you enjoy hydrangea flowers floating in several of the temple's ponds, but also a small grotto, one....  more »
  • 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
    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 »
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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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