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“MUST see the gardens and temple”
Review of Hase-dera Temple

Hase-dera Temple
Ranked #1 of 190 things to do in Kamakura
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This temple is most notable for its wooden statue of Kannon, the 11-headed goddess of mercy, but it also has a lovely garden and pond, and a viewing platform with a great city view.
Reviewed 2 April 2018

This temple is just down the street from the Great Buddha, so if you're there to see that, you may as well make a stop here as well.

The gardens and landscaping are excellent and beautiful. There's a small zen garden, and even a cave to walk through.

There is a restaurant across from the temple and places to get snacks. The easy walk up affords beautiful views of Kamakura and the sea.

Don't hesitate to go!

1  Thank kristopherowens
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Hase-dera is one of the biggest temple complexes in Kamakura and is well worth taking time to visit it. There are so many small shrines, sculptures, points of view to check... Very peaceful walk despite the weekend crowd. The famous 3 small monks sculpture is as cute in real as on photos, you will not be disappointed. I purchased few candles there as well. It felt nice. I totally recommend to visit this temple!

Thank BananaLu
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

The temple was the only one I had the opportunity to see while in Kamakura ant it was very worthwhile. You can combine the visit with the visit to the Great Buddha since it is just a few minutes walk away from each other and the Hase train station.
The grounds of the place is really well maintained, with a Japanese garden at the entrance.
There are a few steps to go to the main hall and around the area there are several statues of Buddha.
There is a museum of Buddha but I did not go inside, I just explored the grounds of the temple and shrines. There is also a cave with very small statues inside.
You can have a beautiful view of Kamakura from there.

Thank PaulistanaCA
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Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

Differently from other temples we have been to in our trip, Hase-dera is more of a tourist attraction rather than a temple. For prayers, it is not as silent and calm as non-touristic temples. Still, its architecture is impressive and it is a must see.

1  Thank DC-3Viator
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

We were in Kamakura for two nights and Hase-dera was definitely worth a visit. The mini-buddahs were fun for the children to discover. The cave was a definite experience for the children. Nice serene temple complex with a nice garden and koi pond.

It's not massive but the entrance price is very reasonable.

Thank GlobeTrotters4001
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