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Hasedera Temple

3-11-2 Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture 248-0016, Japan
+81 467-22-6300
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Ranked #1 of 82 attractions in Kamakura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Owner description: This temple is most notable for its wooden statue of Kannon, the 11-headed goddess of mercy, but it also has a lovely garden and pond, and a viewing... more » Owner description: This temple is most notable for its wooden statue of Kannon, the 11-headed goddess of mercy, but it also has a lovely garden and pond, and a viewing platform with a great city view. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

After a pleasant train ride to Kamakura we walked to Hasedera. It is a beautiful temple. As we walked in we saw a magnificent lilly in full bloom. A walk through the grounds offered beautiful views of the ocean, hawks flying over the land and places to explore. Our group enjoyed the cave. If you are travelling with tall teenagers,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Hasedera is a very popular destination, so you will encounter a lot of other visitors here. But it really is worth it. There is so much to see and experience. There is the main temple itself, and also other small shrines and gardens. The Japanese love to enjoy gardens in their season, and I was fortunate to visit whilst the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The Hasedera temple is a 10 minutes walk from Daibutsu. The focal point of the temple is a 9m high carved wooden Kannon statuein the temple's main hall. Next to the Kannon-do Hakk is the Amida-do Hall which houses a 3m tall golden statue of Amida Buddha. Nearby is the observation deck with views over the coastal city of Kamakura.... More

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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This is one of the top-rated Kamakura attractions & rightly so. Pretty crowded, but an interesting glimpse into eastern culture. Gardens, statues & architecture were spectacular. A very peaceful place. Great view of the ocean. This is a pilgrimage destination for many Japanese & other Asians. We were not disappointed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Of all the temples and shrines we visited in Japan, these were some of my favourites due to the area, less crowds, and the simple beauty of the entire area of Hase. Walk around and explore neighbouring shrines and temples. Big walks up hills are worth it! Kamakura is awesome, but Hase is simply perfect. The houses are magnificent. Just... More

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Bonsall, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Just when I thought every attraction in Kamakura is overflowing with tourists, we found this place. While there certainly were other people there, it wasn't nearly as overwhelming as elsewhere in town. In fact, I would go so far as to say it was serene walking around the amazing gardens surrounding the temple. There are a lot of steep stairs... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Saying this temple was amazing the way that they can turn landscape into an art form was just hard to imagine one of the prettiest places I've seen.

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

One of my favourite temples that I saw in Japan, Hasedera is picturesque and captures the spirit of zen beautifully. The grounds are beautifully kept, the temples are stunning and the golden Buddhas, stone statues and cherry blossoms all add to an enigmatic experience. You can say a prayer and smell the incense as you wander around the site... a... More

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Rishon Lezion, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Beautiful temple consisting of multiple buildings on different "levels", gardens and a view on Kamakura from above. You can spend more than an hour there just exploring its various spots, visible and hidden. Must see if you're in the Tokyo area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Small entry fee there is a lot to see there ! from a stone garden to a cave , to a mini museum of wooden statues (which is not free anymore but 200 yen is not a lot IF you are interested in history) there is also an amazing golden statue of God Kannon (no pictures allowed) and a restaurant... More

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