Behind us is Hasedera, or Hase Temple (長谷寺) in Kamakura (鎌倉), set in a tranquil, immaculate Japanese garden, where you feel the serene beauty with sculptured tress and ponds.
The main temple houses one of the largest wooden “kannon” statues (Goddess of Mercy) in the country, standing at 9 meters tall. Golden, solemn and grand. It’s a bit different to the “Guanyin” Goddess that we usually see in Chinese Temples as it has 11 heads, if you notice the little faces on the statue. (Kanon image from http://www.hasedera.jp/words/english/e1.html )
The top of the hill is also where you see the fantastic views of coastal Kamakura.
On the other part of the complex, there’s “cave-temple”, housing the sea goddess Benzaiten (弁財天) and her 16 children. A compelling and unusual temple because everything is made from stone – the cave itself is a stony cave and the statues are carved out from stones too.
Enjoy more photos below 🙂
Hasedera Official Website
Admission Fee : 300 Yen.
Opening Hours: March – Sept 8am – 5pm. Oct – Feb 8am – 4.30pm.
- Enoshima and Kamakura (thedivinesamuel.wordpress.com)