Hasedera is a known place in Kanagawa, where the wooden statue of the eleven-headed Kannon, the goddess of mercy, was enshrined. The temple is also known to be the 4th station among the 33 holy places in the Kanto area.
Along the temple complex, pilgrims will encounter an array of many dosojin (stone statues). A garden area beautiful in all seasons can be strolled for relaxation. It is dedicated to Benten, also known as Benzaiten, a goddess of feminine beauty and wealth. Apart from the statue of eleven-headed Kannon, other sacred statues can also be found in the temple grounds, including Benten.
The temple has garden that complements all seasons. Cherry, Yulan and Plum trees in spring; Hydrangea, Iris and Lilies in Summer; golden and rusty foliage, and bush clovers in autumn; the powder white snow blanketing the garden; plus, the beautiful pond with graceful koi fishes-- they bespeak that the temple is beautiful all year round.
Hasedera is also adjacent to Kannon museum, for pilgrims who wanted to deepen their appreciation and knowledge about the temple and Buddhism.
It also houses Kaikoan restaurant, and Shop and Cafe for refreshments and buying keepsakes.
Hase Temple is five minutes on foot on Hase Station (Enoden Railway line). The Enoden line terminal is located next to JR Kamakura Station.
The temple is open daily from 8:00-17:00 (March-September) and 8:00-16:30 (October to February). Admission costs 300 yen for adults and 100 yen for children 11 years old amd below. Group rates: 250 yen and 50 yen for adults and children, respectively.
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