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Hasedera Temple – Kamakura

Posted in Places by tokyobling on March 2, 2015

Most likely founded in 736 A.D., the vast Hasedera Temple is today one of the main tourist attractions of Kamakura City to the south-west of Tokyo. Hasedera is one of the most important temples in a city that is famous for them. The temples main draw, apart from its scenic location is it’s masssive over nine meters tall wooden eleven-headed kannon statue. Due to a camera ban inside the temple itself I could not take any photos of it though. From the top of the temple grounds you get a pretty good view of the city and the beach.

According to the legend, a monk named Tokudo carved two statues out of a giant camphor tree in 721 A.D. One was enshrined in Nara and the other statue was set adrift in the ocean to find its own way to its home. Apparently it washed up in Kamakura and was carried up to the location of today’s Hasedera.

The temple is also famous for its many statues, jizo and impressive gardens. More photos to come!











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  1. lili said, on March 2, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I really like this place !
    Beautiful shrines and gardens and such a nice view of the beach ❤


    • tokyobling said, on March 3, 2015 at 7:52 am

      It is lovely! A bit of a walk from Kamakura station but plenty of things to see on the way!


  2. JUURI said, on March 2, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Ah, the classic place! Were you assaulted by any kites?


    • tokyobling said, on March 3, 2015 at 7:53 am

      Not this time! I almost hurt my neck looking out for them though. “Once bit…” and all that (^-^;)


  3. Soph said, on March 2, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Very nice! The jizo are lovely.


    • tokyobling said, on March 3, 2015 at 7:55 am

      I hope I never need to dedicate one myself but I still love the ones I see!


      • Soph said, on March 3, 2015 at 8:58 am

        They are beautiful, yet they are a materialisation of sadness and sorrow… The 3 you photographed are even cheeky & cute, the contrast between what they look like and what they mean is strong.


  4. rudyhou said, on March 11, 2015 at 8:27 am

    i like the entrance gate roof. it has grandness to the feel. or is it just the angle of your shot? i also cant help but to like that picture of 3 little statues. seems of a more modern addition to the temple.


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