Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 in Kamakura 鎌倉 City Kanagawa 神奈川 Prefecture

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Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉

I have been to many temples and shrines in Japan for sightseeing or hiking.
As far as in and around Tokyo, one of my best temples is Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 in Kamakura 鎌倉 City.

Because it is mysterious, quiet and traditional spot!
Kamakura 鎌倉 is popular sightseeing place. There are shopping streets, hiking trails, many temples, shrines and beach.

Walkway in the temple's site

Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉

Main Gate 山門

Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉

Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 is located at the bottom of the mountain forest. The temple has a short and easy walkway into the temple’s site.

Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉

Ryo-en Jizo 良縁地蔵

Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉

I found a cicada shell in summer.

Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉

Manji-ike Pool 卍池

Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉

izo-do Hall 地蔵堂
A lot of Jizo in back of this hall.

Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉
Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉

Amida-do Hall 阿弥陀堂
There is the Amida Statue in the hall. It is large and beautiful statue!
Note
Taking photo of the Amida Statue is prohibited.

Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉

Kannon-do Hall 観音堂

Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉
Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉

There is the Kannon 観音 statue. It is wonderful, large and well worth seeing!
Note
Taking photo of the Kannon is prohibited.
That why, there are no photos of Kannon and Amida in this page. You can see their photos in the official website of the temple.

Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉

Observation Platform 見晴台

Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉

There is a cafe restaurant in the temple site.
English picture menu is available.
Matcha is popular with tourists.

Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉

The trail goes through the site of the temple which has a quaint and nice atmosphere.

Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉
Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉
Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉
Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉

Mizuko-zuka 水小塚

Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉

Once you get to the top of the trail, you can see great scenery.

Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉

Yuigahama Beach 由比ガ浜
When you go to the temple in summer, it is a good idea to go to the beach after that.

Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉
Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉

Japanese Garden

Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉

Carp

Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉
Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉

Dragonfly

Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉
Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉
Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉

Benten-kutsu Cave 弁天窟
You can walk into the mysterious cave.

Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉
Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉
Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 - Kamakura 鎌倉

Information

Hasedera Temple 長谷寺 in Kamakura 鎌倉 City.

KAMAKURA HASEDERA

Kanagawa 神奈川 Prefecture is next to Tokyo.
It takes about 1 hour from Tokyo 東京 Station or Shinjuku 新宿 Station to Kamakura 鎌倉  Station of JR.
You can walk and look around from Kamakura Station to Hasedera Temple.
Actually, the nearest station is Hase 長谷 Station of Enoshima Electric Railway 江ノ島電鉄. You need transfer at Kamakura Station.

(All photos above were taken in August 2016.)

Hydrangea あじさい 紫陽花

In June (rainy season), hydrangea (あじさい Ajisai) is in full bloom.
Hasedera Temple is popular place to see hydrangea.

In summer (July and August), after looking around the temple, it would be a good idea to walk 10 minutes to Yuigahama Beach.

Yuigahama Beach 由比ガ浜海水浴場 Kamakura 鎌倉
The Great Buddha and Kotoku-in 鎌倉大仏高徳院 (2011)

Why don’t you see the Great Buddha in Kamakura 鎌倉?


Another temple in Kamakura is also good. It has mysterious atmosphere.

Mysterious Mossy Garden of Tokeiji Temple 東慶寺 in Kamakura 鎌倉 Kanagawa 神奈川 Prefecture, Japan
They have been keeping the scenery of the garden and cemetery in a very traditional and ancient style. It looks like a mysterious remains.This temple space is compact and simple but the garden is my favorite and I highly recommend this.

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