“Hasedera Temple” in Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture is a tourist spot that represents Kamakura along with “Great Buddha of Kamakura”. It is also known for the beautiful flowers that bloom in each season in the gardens of “Hasedera Temple”. “Nagomi Jizo”, a cute Jizo lined up on the precincts, is also one of the highlights.
Hasedera Temple is divided into two areas: the Kannon mountain side and the middle. Divided into upper and lower borders, a beautiful garden spreads out in the lower borders and is decorated with flowers of the four seasons. If you go up to the observatory from the upper level, you can also enjoy a wonderful view.
To get to Hasedera Temple, get off at “Kamakura Station” on the Japan Railway Yokosuka Line, change to the bus and get off at “Hase Kannon” and walk about 5 minutes. If you are going on the Odakyu Line, get off at “Fujisawa Station”, change to Enoden and get off at “Hase Station” and you can walk in about 5 minutes.
Opening hours in the summer (March to September) are from 8:00 to 17:00 (closed at 17:30). The winter season (October to February) starts at the same time until 16:30 (closed at 17:00). Admission is 400 yen for adults and 200 yen for elementary school students.
Hasedera Temple is a famous tourist spot as a flower temple. There are many people visiting to love the flowers, which blooms all year round. Especially when the hydrangea blooms, the precincts are crowded with many people. The hydrangea that blooms from the lower boundary to the entire slope that accesses the upper boundary is the highlight. The scenery of 2500 hydrangeas is a must-see spot for flower lovers.
Hasedera Temple’s HP has a variety of flowers blooming one after the other so that there is a calendar of the best time to see the flowers. Hasedera Temple, famous for its hydrangea, is also known for its gorgeous “peony” that blooms in the middle of April. After cherry blossoms and peonies, lotus flowers fill the pond in the precincts. In autumn, cluster amaryllis and camellia flowers will inform Hasedera Temple, which has continued since the Nara period, the arrival of taste.
The time required for Hasedera Temple visits will vary considerably depending on the season of hydrangea and the way of viewing. If you just look around the lower and upper borders, you can go around in 20 minutes. When it comes to the best time to see the hydrangea, it will be difficult to look around quickly. Proceed from the upper boundary on the prospecting trail, and take a leisurely 45 minutes.
Hasedera Temple begins with spring cherry blossoms, and you can enjoy beautiful scenery all year round, such as peony, hydrangea, lotus flowers, and hagi that tell you about autumn. During the autumn foliage season, many worshipers and tourists visit. It is recommended to visit Buddha statues and stone statues while enjoying the autumn leaves. From mid-November to late December is the best time to see the fall foliage.
Gained the Michelin two star
It is on foot 5 minutes from Enoden “Hase Station. It is one of the popular sightseeing spot of Kamakura.
“Juichimen-Kannon” (Statue of the Eleven-faced Kannon) which is also an important cultural property in the old temple from the Kamakura period or before is no less than 9.18 meters. It is famous also as places of interest of hydrangea, and many tourists will visit from the end of May to first in July. Bright colored autumnal leaves can be enjoyed in autumn and lighting of night is performed during the season.
This is the tourist resort which gained the Michelin two star, the sea of Kamakura to look at from the hill and scenery of the cityscape are splendid, and the sunrise on New Year’s Day seen from a lookout platform is also popular.
The powerful charm of the Kamakura walk
Hasedera Temple which is dedicated to the Kannon largest in the country. It is said that the erection of it is in 736. The domestically greatest “Juichimen-Kannon” of the principal image is called “Hase Kannon” and is loved.
Flowers coloring the precincts are praised with “western Buddhists’ paradise of Kamakura”, and the view of beautiful hydrangea in walk course is one of the superb view of Kamakura. Hasedera Temple where nature and Buddhism culture are felt is the powerful charm of the Kamakura walk.
The visionary atmosphere of the maple
The flowers coloring the precincts beautifully every season becomes the sightseeing spot representing Kamakura in the time of the hydrangea of early summer, and the autumnal leaves of autumn. You can enjoy fantastic autumn colors lighted up at night. A ginkgo, a maple, and a zelkova which turned red cover up the whole mountain. Especially the visionary atmosphere of the maple the bank of the chief priest pond is the greatest highlight. It is the best time to see of autumnal leaves from the end of November to the middle of December.
Drifted to Miura Peninsula 15 years later
It is supposed that “Hase Kannon” was built with “Juichimen-Kannon” of Hasedera Temple of Nara from the same tree. The two of “Juichimen-Kannon” were made from a big tree of Kusu and one of them has been the principal image of Hasedera Temple of Nara and another one wasinto the sea after having done Kisei (to pray for protection of gods). It drifted to Miura Peninsula 15 years later, and it has installed in Hasedera Temple of Kamakura to enshrine it and opened.
The biggest wooden the statue of Bosatsu
“Juichimen-Kannon”, which is enshrined in the front depths as the principal image, will come into view quickly when you enter Kannon-do hall (hall devoted to Kannon).
It is the huge statue of 9 meters in height to glisten with gold, and it is the biggest wooden the statue of Bosatsu in Japan.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Address:||Hase 3-11-2 Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0016 Japan|
|Access:||Enoshima-dentetsu-sen Line “Hase-eki” Station (5 minutes walk)|
|Price:||400 yen (Adult)|
200 yen (Under 12 years old)
Please refer the official web page.