Hase-dera Temple (Kanagawa)
Hase-dera is one of the oldest and most prominent temples in Kamakura, and is said to have been built in 736 by Fujiwara-no-Fusasaki, a son of Fujiwara-no-Fuhito, who had the great priest Tokudo Shonin found the temple. The eleven-faced Kannon, housed in the main hall where the principal images of Buddha and Bosatsu and the mandala are enshrined, is 9.18 m in height and known as the largest wooden statue in Japan. Because the principal image is made of wood in the same way as that of the Hase-dera in Nara, this temple is also known as the New ("Shin") Hase-dera. The temple bell has been designated an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government. From the observation platform constructed on the flat part of the grounds where the Kannon-do Hall is located, visitors can enjoy views of the sea, the city of Kamakura, and the Miura-hanto peninsula stretching into the distance. In the temple grounds are a monument to the poet Chogyu Takayama and a haiku monument to Kyoshi Takahama.
Address: 3-11-2 Hase, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Admission Fee: 300 yen (regular fee)
[Walk]Enoshima Dentetsu Line Hase Station/On foot/5 min.