Highly recommended the grounds are beautiful especially now with autumn leaves. Kannon is majestic with long history. Came here before going to visit the Great Buddha.
On the way from Hase train station (Enoden line ) to the big Buddha, don't miss it. Although the buildings of the temple are quite new, it shelters a 8th century golden statue of the eleven faces Kannon, the goddess of Mercy. It is said to be the biggest wooden statue in Japan. In the building next to Kannon, there... More
The highlight is the giant Kannon in the main temple. Made for a single piece of wood is impressive. Also there is a cave with statues craved into it is very interesting, watch you head if you are tall. Easy to access from the train station. Use it as a stop after visiting the Great Buddha. Nice view of the... More
We went and Visited Hasedera Temple on a Saturday Afternoon... This Temple is just Awesome... The Meticulously Groomed Grounds were Breathtaking and the Walk thru Cave with Little Figurines... Was FUN... I recommend going Early to Avoid the Hoards of Tour Buses... If you can get the Temple to yourselves them it will be a Zen like Experience... Also keep... More
He traveled to Hase to see the Great Buddha, but I enjoyed Hasedera temple even more that the Great Buddha. It is a much bigger area with several different temple buildings. There are two large goldleaf buddhas that are impressive. The cave is an interesting walk through with carved buddhas in the walls. There is a walking path, which apparently... More
Definitely worth visiting on way to the great Buddah. Beautiful grounds. Visited in October 2010. Temple grounds overlook the city and view of bay.
Short trip from Tokyo, lots to see. I wandered around for the day visiting temples, shrines, shopping, catching the tram etc. this was a fav one out of all of them. More relaxed and laid back than Tokyo. The info centre at the Train station was great and the lady was really helpful providing some great suggestions.
Specifically went to Kamakura one fine early June weekend to view the ajisai (hydrangeas). Though very crowded, Hasedera was our favorite. The temple grounds were beautiful and the ajisai were almost full bloom. Though it was very crowded, the temple staff had quite a good system. As you enter, you are given a number of the group you will be... More
This temple is simply stunning. I visited it in the rain and the experience was still exceptional. In spring/summer it has an entire hillside of hydrangea. A walk through the grounds reveals hundreds if not thousands of statues in various formations. Make sure to visit the cave on the property as well. Also, Kamakura is known for its barbecued eel... More
To my surprise, this was my favorite spot in Kamakura and I spent more time here than at any other temple. I enjoyed the temple, but there was a lot more to see. The gardens are beautiful, as is the walk up the stairs through the hydrangeas. The carvings in the cave are also interesting. The grounds are very well... More
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