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Hasedera Temple

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Hasedera Temple

Looking for a tour to Hasedera? Hasedera is a temple famous for the eleven-headed statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The wooden statue measures 9.18 meters tall, making it one of the largest wooden Buddhist statues in Japan. Present-day, the Hasedere is a part of the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism. It can be viewed in the temple's main building, the Kannon-do Hall. The temple resides halfway up Mount Kamakura, providing the famous stunning views of the Sagami Bay and the Kamakura valley.

The Hasedera temple in Kamakura was established in 736 AD. In 721 AD, the two Kannon statues were carved out of a sacred tree, where one was enshrined at the Hasadera temple in Nara, and the other was thrown into the ocean with a prayer to save people elsewhere and make it reappear. After fifteen years, the statue washed up on shore at what is now the Kanagawa Prefecture.

What to See in The Hasedera Temple
Surrounding the garden grounds, there are seven main buildings in the temple complex. Through the entrance of the temple, located at the base of the slope provides a beautiful view of a garden with ponds to welcome visitors. Throughout the year, a large number of flowers are blooming in the Hasedera temple, but the months of June and July are when the hydrangea flowers bloom to its fullest. The temple is known to be called the Temple of Flowers for its beauty of the elegant flowers that bloom year-round. Other flowers also bloom throughout the year depending the season.

Two smaller halls border the main hall, where the statue of Amidha Buddha is held, carved in 1189. The Hasadera Temple is built on two levels including a long, winding tunnel, with numerous statues of Benzaiten, the only female member of the Seven Lucky Gods. The temple has a small museum, the Kannon Museum that is devoted to Kannon, exhibiting more of the temple's treasures, including Buddhist statues, a temple bell, and a picture scroll. The temple bell was cast in 1624 and is considered one of the oldest bells in the Kanto region, which is recognized as an Important Cultural Property.

How to Get to The Hasedera Temple
Opening Hours: 8:00-17:30 (October to March 8:00-17:00)
Entrance Ticket: 400 Yen
Address: 3 Chome-11-2 Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Duration: 2-3 hours


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Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I get to Hase-dera Temple with public transportation?
    Take the Enoshima Electric Railway and get off at the Hase Station. Destination will be about 300m North West of the station.
  • What is the best time to visit Hase-dera Temple?
    Hase-dera Temple, as recognized as the "Temple of Flowers", has different flowers and maple leaves throughout the year. Among many colorful plants, peony in April, hydrangea in July, and maple leaves in November are the most attractive.
  • What are the opening hours for Hase-dera Temple? How do I purchase a ticket?
    Open Hours:
    8:00-17:00 (March-September; Monday-Sunday)
    8:00-16:30 (October-February; Monday-Sunday)
    Please note: Temple closes at 17:30PM March-September, and at 17:00 October-February.
    You may purchase a ticket at door.
  • Where can I store my luggage near Hase-dera Temple?
    There are coin lockers nearby the parking lots.
  • Where can I smoke near Hase-dera Temple?
    Smoking is prohibited within the temple. There is smoking area in the parking lot, but you need to bring your own ashtray.
  • What is the etiquette in the Hase-dera Temple?
    After enter the temple, purify your hands with the water, and be sure to put the ladle back to its place. Once in the temple, keep the volume low and do not use cell phones. Join your hands while you pray, but please do not clap. Photo is not allowed in the temple hall or the museum.
  • What are the open hours of the Kannon Museum? Do I need to purchase a ticket?
    The Kannon Muesum opens from 9:00-16:00. Tuesdays are closed for people holiday. (And may temporarily close for exhibition events). You can purchase a ticket at door.
  • What are other places to see near Hase-dera Temple?
    Popular tourist attractions near Hase-dera Temple include Shinsho Gokuraku-ji Temple, Kotokuin, Kamakura Buddha, Komachi Street, Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu, and more.
  • What are some recommended hotels near Hase-dera Temple?
    There are many hotels with different level of rating. For hotels with quality and reasonable prices, you can consider:
    Guesthouse Kamakura Rakauan(About 257m from Hase-dera Temple)
    WeBase Hostel Kamakura(About 764m from Hase-dera Temple)
    Kamakura Park Hotel(About 799m from Hase-dera Temple)
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