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How to Properly Explore Kamakura Part 5: Hasadera Temple 長谷寺

Hadera Temple

Why here? Start with part one here.



  1. You are a tourist and love touristy temples
  2. You love beautifully well preserved gold plated kannons.
  3. You love legends and stories of antiquity
  4. You want to offer up prayers with candles while facing a Kannon.
  5. You want to take in the beauty of Zaimokuza Beach from the observatory.  
  6. You want to wash little jizo statues with holy water and pray.  
  7. You like Jodo Buddhism.


Touristy temples are not bad, but not the place you go back to once a week.   The only real solid reason 
to visit here is for the annual events, and there's an event happening here every month, some events are 
on the 18th of every month.     


I place this temple on the same level as an admiration temple.   The flora on the premises here are astounding.  A flower lovers paradise all year round!  Come here for the flowers, flowers, flowers.    Places of interest:   The Amida-do Hall, huge gold kannon, Jizo-do, Daikoku-do, Benten-do, Inari-sha, and the Kyozo a place where Buddist scriptures are stored.


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