Hasedera Temple

Hi. This is Yoko writing. Today, I would like to introduce one of my favorite temples “Hasedera” in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture. Actually, I often visited Hasedera Temple this year. I really appreciate it.

If you would like to visit Hasedera Temple, please transfer from JR to Enoden (Enoshima Electric Railway) at Kamakura Station. It takes about 5 minutes from Kamakura Station to Hase Station. Turn right when you arrive at Hase Station, and turn left at the signal. You will see the big red lantern, and that means Hasedera Temple.

It is one of the oldest temples in Kamakura, as it is said this temple was established in 8th century. When you arrive at Hasedera Temple, you will visit Kannnon-do Hall where eleven-headed Kannnon statue is enshrined. It is over 9 meters tall, and one of the largest wooden Buddhist statues in Japan. I feel power while looking up the statue. I think it is always watching over us!

The precincts of Hasedera Temple are beautiful with flowers and trees throughout the year. Many people come to admire them, especially during the hydrangea season. And the view of the observatory is well known as one of the most beautiful scenic points in Kamakura. Let’s take a photo with the sea in the background!

The temple has a restaurant. It is not just a cafeteria, but a vegetarian restaurant that does not use meat or fish. Furthermore, you can enjoy panoramic view from the windows there. You may feel as if you were in a café or a restaurant near the beach!

How about “Shakyo” or sutra copying experience after lunch? You can practice it everyday at the temple. Originally it was started to spread the teachings of Buddha in the old days. You can make your mind clear or concentrate by sutra copying. It is also worth seeing the beautiful dry landscape garden there.

Hasedera Temple is full of other highlights such as the Amida statue, Kannnon Museum, Benten-kutsu Cave, Jizo statues, and so on. You never be bored! If you walk a few minutes from the temple, you can warship the Great Buddha, which also symbolizes Kamakura.

The more it feels like autumn, the more people visit Kamakura to enjoy autumn leaves turning red and yellow. Please visit Kamakura when you come to Japan. I will guide you!

Thank you for reading. Have a nice week!

Yoko Yoshida, a member of iTWS japan LLP

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