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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  • This temple complex is easy to miss as you follow the crowds to The Great Bhudda. It is an intricate collection of paths, temples and ponds, all of convey an impressive sense of Japanese tranquility....  more »
  • This was a very interesting place. It is a large Shinto shrine, with beautiful koi filled ponds, a cave that had many of the Shinto gods featured, lovely landscaping (especially at this time of year.....  more »
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