Hase-Dera Temple (Kamakura)

When I visited Japan a few years back, I had a chance to go to Kamakura. Kamakura is about an hour on a train ride from Tokyo.  Hase-Dera temple is one of the Buddhist temples in Kamakura. The temple sits on the mountain hill surrounded by gardens and especially is  famous place for Hydrangeas.  I was lucky to be there at the time of the year that these lovely flowers are blooming. I have not seen so many Hydrangeas in one place.  There are so many kinds of Hydrangea (I believe over dozen kinds).

The entrance to the Hase-Dera Temple in Kamakura. There were quite a number of visitors on that there.  There were many young children on that day. It could be the off school season at the time as well.

Hase-Dera Kamakura - Front

The Japanese style garden at the ground level of the temple. I felt relax and at peace from the well arranged garden.

Hase-Dera Temple Kamakura - Garden

I was lucky to visit the temple when all flowers were in the blooming season.

Hase-Dera Temple Kamakura - Flowers

I believe it is a Japanese tradition to wash or clean off oneself before entering a temple.

Hase-Dera Temple Kamkura - People washing

The visitors are walking up from ground level to the temple level.

Hase-Dera Temple Kamakura - Visitors walking to temple.

Before reaching the temple level is small intermediate level.  I believe the small statues are placed by parents morning their offsprings lost to miscarriage, stillbirth, or abortion.

Hase-Dera Temple Kamakura - second level.

Seeing these small smiling statues make me feel happy.

Hase-Dera Temple Kamakura - 3 Smiling Statues

The day was very silver over casting sky. That helped shielding the heat of the sun quite a bit.

Hase-Dera Temple Kamakura - Temple

Visitors paid respect by burning candlesticks in front of the temple. Children and grown-up were so cheerful.

Hase-Dera Temple Kamakura - Burning candlesticks

A young lady gracefully paid homage to Buddha stature inside. I really like the design and the craftsmanship of the donation box. It is a beautiful piece of work.

Hase-Dera Temple Kamamura - Donation box

Visitors walking up from temple level to mountain view. You can see Hydrangeas were blooming along the path.  It was a long line.

Hase-Dera Temple Kamamura - Walking up to the mountain.

I like this Hydrangea that I spot along the path. Its flowers formed in a very nice shape.

Hase-Dera Temple Kamakura - Hydrangea 1

Another lovely Hydrangea.

Hase-Dera Temple Kamakura - Hydrangea 2

A view of the temple from the higher level.

Hase-Dera Temple - Kamakura - View over the temple.

OK, one more picture of Hydrangeas a long the walking path. You can also see people in line down below. It was a busy day.

Hase-Dera Temple Kamamura - Hydrangea 3

I spotted this statue on the way back down to the temple level again. The statue looks a bit funny with the Hydrangea.

Hase-Dera Temple Kamakura - Statue with Hydrangea

Very beautiful temple’s roof structure.

Hase-Dera Temple Kamakura - Temple's roof.

I think I was back to the ground level now. This is another view of the garden.

Hase-Dera Temple Kamakura - Garden

Hase-Dera temple also have an underground level.  These statues were placed in the underground tunnel.

Hase-Dera Temple Kamakura - Statues Underground

These candles were in the underground tunnel. I do not know the meaning of them.

Hase-Dera Temple Kamakura - Candles

As usual, I hope you enjoy the tour of the place. They just bring good memory to me.


55 thoughts on “Hase-Dera Temple (Kamakura)

  1. niki June 15, 2013 / 10:13 am

    Fantastic images!


  2. suzywordmuser June 15, 2013 / 2:01 pm

    Some wonderful pictures here! I feel like I’ve visited myself – that’s the wonderful thing about blogging, get to go all over the world without all the hassle in between!! 😀


    • YellowCable June 15, 2013 / 6:31 pm

      LoL, that is a good thinking. I like your thoughts. Thank you.


  3. cindy knoke June 15, 2013 / 6:16 pm

    Such a beautiful temple! My children came here. But I have yet to got to Japan. It is on my list. Your photos are beautiful, and the narrative most interesting. Lovely post my friend. The hydrangea’s are ethereal. Bravo!


    • YellowCable June 15, 2013 / 6:32 pm

      It was quite awhile now. I had to think about it a bit more to write. Thank you!


  4. omosth June 15, 2013 / 9:37 pm

    รูปคุณโต้งพูดได้ ^^


  5. Gallivanta June 15, 2013 / 11:37 pm

    What a beautiful place and you r photos gave me a peaceful tour of the temple and its garden. I love hydrangeas. I grow them in my garden but not very successfully.


    • YellowCable June 16, 2013 / 7:03 am

      Thank you Gallivanta! I love them too. Oh, how come they do not do well in your garden?


      • Gallivanta June 16, 2013 / 8:27 am

        I really don’t know. Possibly the soil is not right for them.


  6. loralorapa June 16, 2013 / 4:44 am

    Cet endroit à l’air vraiment magnifique, calme, reposant…
    Belles photos 🙂


  7. gomachan15 June 16, 2013 / 10:53 am

    Great set of photos of Hase-Dera Temple. Just wonderful and impressive. Love it very much.
    It is now hydrangea are full blooming there, and great many people are visiting everyday.
    Some of my friends went there yesterday, and they had to wait for 1 & half hour just to enter the temple!! Can you believe it?
    I want to go there, however, I know very well how crowded it is now. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful sets of photos.


    • YellowCable June 16, 2013 / 11:11 am

      Wow, people are waiting for an hour or so to enter the temple! I can understand people want to go the temple with very nice sounding and in hydrangeas blooming time.

      Thank you and I am glad you like the set.


  8. Lectures au Coeur June 17, 2013 / 5:55 am

    Thank you for this great trip! The photos are beautiful and the temple seems so quiet … I really enjoy the charm of this place!


    • YellowCable June 17, 2013 / 6:53 am

      I am glad you enjoyed the set. Thank you for visiting!


  9. nutsfortreasure June 17, 2013 / 7:17 am

    Gorgeous trip you took us on it was wonderful to see the beauty you saw.


    • YellowCable June 17, 2013 / 6:39 pm

      Yes, it is a memorable trip for me. Thank you!!


  10. adinparadise June 18, 2013 / 2:22 pm

    Lovely photos of a beautiful place. Those smiling statues are so cute. 🙂


  11. BeWithUs June 21, 2013 / 9:22 am

    The 3 little stone statues look so cute!

    Thank you for sharing with us this lovely trip of yours.

    Have a great day and wonderful weekend ahead! Cheers~ 😀


      • BeWithUs June 24, 2013 / 1:18 am

        You’re welcome!

        I’ve downloaded it for my laptop background because they are sooo cute…hope you don’t mind…

        Have a wonderful Monday, my firend~ Cheers!!! 😀


        • YellowCable June 24, 2013 / 7:03 am

          No I do not mind at all. Thank you for letting me know. I am glad you like them.


          • BeWithUs June 25, 2013 / 8:18 am

            Awww…thank you, my friend! I really like them a lot! Cheers~ 😀


  12. atlanticcus June 28, 2013 / 6:41 am

    what an amazing place…. and great pictures 🙂


  13. Ripley Connor July 6, 2013 / 2:11 pm

    These are beautiful photos. Some of my terminator relatives live in Japan so I should visit.


    • YellowCable July 6, 2013 / 5:51 pm

      Thank you Ripley. Please do visit, I am sure you will like it.


  14. ventisqueras December 5, 2013 / 12:14 am

    questo post è semplicemente meraviglioso! ho amato moltissimo la statua con l’ortensia azzurra che gli fa da cappello!
    passa una giornata felice


    • YellowCable December 5, 2013 / 10:40 pm

      I am glad you spotted the statue with the hydrangea hat 🙂 I think that is funny.

      Thank you.


  15. ventisqueras February 2, 2014 / 3:48 am

    ancora riguardo queste magnifiche immagini e m’incanto!
    buona giornata, amico


  16. Otto von Münchow March 16, 2014 / 5:41 am

    The Hase-Dera temple looks like a lovely place, so serene and peaceful – and you have captured beautifully in these images.


    • YellowCable March 16, 2014 / 7:55 am

      Thank you very much Otto!!! I like the place a lot.


  17. KOH  August 21, 2014 / 8:52 pm

    Thank you for visiting Japan〜
    Enjoy japan^^
    Have a good day~dear


  18. inesephoto September 5, 2014 / 4:56 pm

    Fantastic images, great memories. I love to read your comments, you are a respectful and intelligent traveller. I wish all tourists would be like you.


  19. miko February 10, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    I love the pictures of the stone Buddha and Jizo (Guardian Deity) statues!!

    Liked by 1 person

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