While in Tokyo I went for a day trip to Kamakura.When tourists visit Kamakura the place on everyone's list is the big Daibutsu statue, but nearby is Hasedera Temple with it's own magnificent statue. This statue is of the eleven headed Hase Kannon and is 9.18 meters tall. Each face has a different expression, signifying that the deity listens to the wishes of all types of people.
Although it was amazing, personally what I loved about this temple was all the cute little stone statues dotted around the garden. The temple garden was quite big and sprawled up the hillside. As you walk around you will occasionally come across little clusters of statues which look so happy!
There are also plenty of beautiful seasonal flowers and from the top of the garden you get a view of the town down below. When you get back to the bottom of the garden you will come across the Benten-kutsu Cave which is accessed through a red tori. Inside the cave is the shrine of Benzaiten, a sea goddess and the only female among the Seven Lucky Gods of Japan.
I think that Hasedera is a must visit for anyone spending the day in Kamakura.
Location: Take the Enoden train line from Kamakura Station and get off at Hase Station.
Price: Adults (12 and over) ￥300/ Children ￥100.
Time: Open every day. March to September 8am to 5pm, October to February 8am to 4:30pm.
Accessibility: There are quite a few steps up the hill but the main garden is flat. Also inside the cave it is dark and the ceilings are extremely low.
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