Hase-dera Temple
Hase-dera Temple
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • carloscharmy
    Bangkok, Thailand703 contributions
    Serene Beauty, Spiritual Haven
    Kamakura Hasedera, especially in July, is a picturesque sanctuary that mesmerizes visitors. The tranquil ponds teeming with dragonflies and blooming lotus flowers create a serene ambiance. Exploring the mystical cave evokes a sense of wonder. The breathtaking view of the ocean is a delightful bonus. The towering Kannon statue, radiating serenity, adds a spiritual touch. Undoubtedly, Hasedera is among my favorite temples in Kamakura, captivating with its natural beauty and spiritual aura.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 14, 2023
  • JLlovetravel
    Phoenix, Arizona204 contributions
    I like this Temple a lot
    I really like this temple. It's a popular tourist attraction and it is only a short walk from the big budda stature. It's really pretty there and you will get a very nice view of the city as well. If you go in June, it is Hydrangea blooming season, and they have a nice path for you to see the flowers.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Sean V
    Hong Kong, China119 contributions
    The best temple in Japan, absolutely stunning!
    This has to be the most beautiful, elegant, well maintained temple by far, perhaps in all of Japan. Every single corner is manicured and thought has gone into every single piece of history that surrounds you. Beautiful statues, flowers, waterfalls, Koi Fish, ponds, sweeping views of the ocean, a cave......words cannot describe how beautiful this temple is. And trust us we have been to Kyoto. Visiting this Temple alone made our trip to Japan worth it. This is truly a world heritage monument. Pristine is an understatement. The Buddha and idols are awe inspiring. Beautiful flowers everywhere you turn. Even if you are not spiritual by nature, you will be moved by the time you leave this Temple. If you are spiritual, you will feel like you have just visited heaven.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Tara B
    5 contributions
    Beautiful and scenic
    We loved our visit to this historic and stunning temple. There was an amazing view of the city and the sea. We enjoyed strolling through the complex and seeing the various structures, sculptures and gardens. A little busy later in the day as it is a last stop for many peoples' Kamakura day trips.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 22, 2023
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Tara B
5 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
We loved our visit to this historic and stunning temple. There was an amazing view of the city and the sea. We enjoyed strolling through the complex and seeing the various structures, sculptures and gardens. A little busy later in the day as it is a last stop for many peoples' Kamakura day trips.
Written December 22, 2023
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Sean V
Hong Kong, China119 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
This has to be the most beautiful, elegant, well maintained temple by far, perhaps in all of Japan. Every single corner is manicured and thought has gone into every single piece of history that surrounds you. Beautiful statues, flowers, waterfalls, Koi Fish, ponds, sweeping views of the ocean, a cave......words cannot describe how beautiful this temple is. And trust us we have been to Kyoto. Visiting this Temple alone made our trip to Japan worth it. This is truly a world heritage monument. Pristine is an understatement. The Buddha and idols are awe inspiring. Beautiful flowers everywhere you turn. Even if you are not spiritual by nature, you will be moved by the time you leave this Temple. If you are spiritual, you will feel like you have just visited heaven.
Written September 23, 2023
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carloscharmy
Bangkok, Thailand703 contributions
Jul 2023
Kamakura Hasedera, especially in July, is a picturesque sanctuary that mesmerizes visitors. The tranquil ponds teeming with dragonflies and blooming lotus flowers create a serene ambiance. Exploring the mystical cave evokes a sense of wonder. The breathtaking view of the ocean is a delightful bonus. The towering Kannon statue, radiating serenity, adds a spiritual touch. Undoubtedly, Hasedera is among my favorite temples in Kamakura, captivating with its natural beauty and spiritual aura.
Written July 15, 2023
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JLlovetravel
Phoenix, AZ204 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
I really like this temple. It's a popular tourist attraction and it is only a short walk from the big budda stature. It's really pretty there and you will get a very nice view of the city as well. If you go in June, it is Hydrangea blooming season, and they have a nice path for you to see the flowers.
Written July 20, 2023
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Dioc
Athens, GA181 contributions
Oct 2019
The Temple is located on a hill in Kamakura that overlooks the sea. There is the main temple and museum as well as a number of shrines. It has a unique grotto that you can walk through as the history is told. It is close to the Great Buddha location.
Written June 12, 2020
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GintamaZ
California2,736 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Definitely worth a visit when in Kamakura .

There are many buildings to visit. One can see views of ocean from the temple grounds. There is a small rock garden , mini bamboo grove, ancient cave with Buddha statue, and a tranquil waterfall garden.
Written January 11, 2020
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BROs IN JAPAN
Japan182 contributions
Jun 2021
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 of the biggest wooden figure in Japan and an observation platform with ocean view.
Do bring enough time though since the temple closes at 5PM.
Written July 1, 2021
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Ash
9 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We had a very enjoyable time exploring this beautiful and interesting temple. There is a little cave at a corner of the ground which I loved, and the view from the top of the temple was very nice. If you only have time for one temple, visit Hase-dera!
Written February 8, 2020
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Leonardo Iollo
Naples, Italy275 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
An incredibile mini tour with an amazing temple on the top with a great gold Buddha inside of it! During the tour you can admire a lot of sculputers, caves and gardens!
Written February 5, 2019
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aukahkay
Singapore44 contributions
Kamakura is a 100-minute train journey from Tokyo Station. If you are taking a day trip to Kamakura, I would recommend purchasing the Kamakura Free Pass. It costs Y1900 and entitles you to a round trip from Tokyo to Kamakura and unlimited rides on the public transport in Kamakura including the Enoden railway.
From Kamakura station, take the Enoden railway to Hase station. The Hase Kannon Temple is a 5-minute walk from Hase Station. The first thing that greets you when you enter is a landscaped garden with koi. Walk up the flight of steps to the main temple where you will get a wonderful panoramic view of Kamakura town and the Sagami Bay. There is a small cave where you will have to crouch down to enter. Inside the cave, there are miniature buddha figures which you can purchase for a small donation, inscribe your wish on the buddha and place it on the altar. There is a small cafe on the terrace overlooking Kamakura town. The food is only average. I would suggest that you try the traditional Japanese restaurants in Hase town itself. Plan to spend at least 2 hours at the temple in order to soak in the zen atmosphere.
Written March 20, 2005
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