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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  • My visit started with lunch at the top of the complex at Kaikoan restaurant with yummy vegetarian food and great views. After lunch, I visited Kannon Hall to see the goddess of mercy. Walked through t...  more »
  • I went to see hydrangea. Because it is June of the high season, there are a lot of people even on weekdays. There may be more people than hydrangea strains.
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