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“The Best Temple or Shrine in Kamakura.”
Review of Hase-dera Temple

Hase-dera Temple
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$119.18*
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Half-Day Kamakura Walking Tour with Kotokuin...
Ranked #1 of 195 things to do in Kamakura
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Reviewed July 5, 2013

We really enjoyed this Temple because it had so much to see. There is an entrance fee but it doesn't cost much at all. This place was great because there was so much more to see than at the other temples or shrines in the area: a statue of golden Buddha, an observation deck that offers a nice (not amazing) view of the town, beach and ocean, gardens that stretch up the side of the hill which you can walk around, statues of tiny Buddhas (at a place women go to pray when they have a miscarriage), water features, something I can only describe as a 'prayer rotation device' which has a load of scrolls of prayers in it and a couple of times a month or so, the monks have to rotate it - it's big, the temple itself and numerous 'black kites' (the bird not the toy) which swoop overhead. These birds are massive hawks and not so common in the UK so my dad was amazed to see them here - and so many of them. I guess they are always around the temple as there are signs warning you to be careful with your food.

All in all, we had a great hour or so at this temple. Highly recommended if you go to Kamakura.

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Reviewed June 23, 2013

When I planned my trip to Kamakura, Japan, I thought that the Big Buddha would be my favorite sight on the trip. Much to my surprise, the Hasedera Temple outshone all other sights! Start your trip here so as not to miss out on this amazing temple!

Thank mary7484
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Loved this shrine up on the hills. You could see the water and the city below. We were a little early so we will miss the blooms of the hydrangeas on the hills!

Thank vacafun3
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

Kamakura is one of my favourite places in Japan. I would love to recommend this place for someone who wants to visit Japanese traditional spot!! It's a japanese temple where you can see ocean as well! Beautiful place, not expensive entry fee!

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

Actually, we came for the huge golden Buddha statue - an Avalokiteshvara with eleven additional heads on the forehead, very unique and beautiful! - but we were surprised to also find a wonderful view over the bay which unfolds if you just stroll up a bit into the nicely kept hydrangea gardes (must be stunning when they all flower!). What is seldom metioned is actually a small cave just when you come up on the right side of the main hall, an ancient worship place of one of the 7 guardian deities of Japan, Benzaite, the protecor of the artists. The cave is low but the stone carved statues are very nice. Nice experience for kids who are close to be templed out!

Thank Angelika W
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