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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  • Beautiful temple and garden. Nicely maintained. The trail up the mountain provides one with some amazing views of the Sagami Bay (Pacific Ocean).  more »
  • This temple is a MUST GO. Is a short 5 min walk from Great Buddha. This Buddhist temple was so many things to see! The entrance as of Jan 2020 is 400yen and absolutely worth it!  more »
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