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.
Create an itinerary including Hase-dera Temple
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Tours To Hase-dera Temple
Hase-dera Temple Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
1,684 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This temple is one of my favorites. Very informative and handouts in English. Over 1000 years old and has lots of original statues and the gardens are beautiful. Highly recommend if in the area.  more »
  • 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....  more »
Places to stay near Hase-dera Temple

Plan your trip to Kamakura

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Kamakura

View all ›
4.3
Duration:2​h 30​min
4.2
Duration:1​h
3.5
Duration:2​h 30​min

Side trips from Kamakura

4.3
Duration:1​h
3.9
Duration:1​h 30​min
3.7
Duration:1​h
4.1
Duration:1​h

Hidden gems in Kamakura

4.5
Duration:1​h
5.0
Duration:1​h
5.0
Duration:1​h

Shopping in Kamakura

5.0
Duration:30​min
4.1
Duration:1​h

Nearby attractions in Kamakura

5.0
Duration:1​h
5.0
Duration:4​h
4.0
Duration:1​h