Hasedera Temple, Kamakura
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The most important and visited Buddhist temple of the town, along with the Kotokuin Temple
(which houses the famous statue of Buddha).
Admission 300 YEN, opening hours 8-17 from march to september, 8-16:30 from october to february.
The temple is built on a hill and is placed on two levels.
Immediately after the main entrance gate (Sammon Gate
) you find yourself in front of a small lake surrounded by a perfectly kept garden.
the main gate of the temple, the Sammon Gate
Garden and pond within the temple area
On the right of the pond there is a small shrine dedicated to the goddess Benzaiten
and the entrance to the caves (Benten-kutsu cave
) inside which there are various statues, it is quite dark and the ceilings are low (sometimes you have to bend down).
Going up a staircase, you reach an elevated area, where the main buildings of the temple are located: the Kannon-do Hall
, within which the most famous object of the temple is kept, a wooden statue about 9 meters high of Kannon
(Goddess of Mercy) represented with 9 heads, each representing a characteristic of the deity, the Amida-do Hall
, containing a statue of Yakuyoke Amida Budda
2.8 meters high, the Homotsu-Kan museum
(admission 100 yen, opening hours 9-16, closed on tuesdays), the Kyozo Sutra archive
and other smaller buildings.
Kannon Doh Hall
Kyozo Sutra archive and bamboo trees
In this area of the temple, there is also an observation point from which you can enjoy a beautiful view over the city of Kamakura, the beach and the sea, next to which there is also a restaurant, with a view over the city, which serves udon, soba, drinks and desserts (you order and pay using a vending machine at the entrance).
Kamakura view from the observation point inside the Hasedera Temple
You can continue to go up through small and steep stairs still further up, enjoying a view over the town and the buildings of the temple.
view from above of the temple buildings
How to get to the Hasedera temple and map
The Hasedera Temple is located near another very famous place of Kamakura, the Great Buddha
It can be reached on foot from Kamakura station (about 1,8 km) or by train taking the Enoshima Electric Railway
(Enoden) to Hase
station (190 YEN, 5 minutes) and then walking 250 m to the north.
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