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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  • 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.
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  • 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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