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Hase / Yui-ga-hama Beach長谷・由比ケ浜

Visit ancient Buddhist temples displaying magnificent statues. Enjoy a popular beach area and the many historical and literary sites located nearby.

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Visit ancient Buddhist temples displaying magnificent statues. Enjoy a popular beach area and the many historical and literary sites located nearby.

Hase-dera Temple, which is believed to have existed since even before the Kamakura Period, enshrines Juichi-men Kannon, or the 11-faced Bodhisattva Goddess, which, at 9.18 meters tall, is one of the largest wooden kannons. In the precincts of the temple, you can enjoy a stroll among flowers that bloom throughout the year.
 
A neighboring temple of Hase-dera Temple is Kotoku-in Temple with an 11-meter-tall statue of Buddha, which is overwhelming sight. The construction of the bronze "handsome" Buddha began in 1252. It was preserved in the Buddha's Hall in those days; however, the hall was destroyed by big winds and tsunami, and now the Buddha is situated outdoors.
 
Yui-ga-hama Beach is situated on the western side of the mouth of the Nameri-gawa River that flows through the middle of Kamakura. The beach also faces Sagami Bay. It is one of the most popular beaches in the Shonan area and is very busy with a number of bathers in summer. There are many historical and literary sites along Yui-ga-hama O-dori Street that stretches from Wakamiya-Oji in front of the approach of Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine to Hase-dera Temple. Yui-ga-hama O-dori Street is known as one of the streets of Kamakura that invite you into an intellectual world of ancient art and literature.
 

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54 min from Tokyo to Kamakura Station by JR Yokosuka Line, and 5 min from Kamakura to Hase Station by Enoden Line. For Yuigahama O-dori Street, 3 min from Kamakura to Yuigahama Station by Enoden Line.