To get to Hase area, you are going with Retro train called “Enoden” which runs in the streets of Kamakura or along with the seaside. There are a lot of places for sightseeing around this area, but one of the places that you must visit is “Kamakura Great Buddha at Kotoku-in” which is a symbol of Kamakura.
Furthermore, you can enjoy the exquisite combination of historical buildings and Japanese seasons such as “Hase-Dera Temple” which has variuos kinds of seasonal flowers, or “Gokuraku-ji Temple” which is famous for brilliantly blooming hydrangea in the early summer. Since this area has a lot of restaurants or cafes of old folk house, or gift shops, so you can take a rest or enjoy shopping while exploring.
We recommend you to try the restaurants serving the dishes with local vegetable or seafood or Japanese restaurants. For gift, wooden dishes called “Kamakura-bori” (Kamakura’s traditional craft) or sweets or goods shaping of Great Buddha would be perfect.
- 5th. Gokuraku-ji Temple
- 4th. Jojuin Temple
- 3rd. Kamakura Museum of Literature
- 2nd. Kōtoku-in Temple
- 1st. Hase-Dera Temple
1. Spot Ranking in Hase – Yuigahama area
5th. Gokuraku-ji Temple
Gokuraku-ji Temple is the only one Shingon sect temple in Kamakura. This temple was build by Hojo-Shigetoki, who is the 3rd son of Hojo-Yoshitoki, in 1259. Shaka-Nyorai, the principal image, is designated as national important cultural property and placed at Tenbo-rinden(treasure hall). It is only open on Tuesday/ Thursday/ Saturday/ Sunday between Apr 25th – May 25th, and Oct 25th – Nov 25th.
The seasonal flowers such as sakura in spring, hydrangea or crape myrtle in summer, cluster‐amaryllis or sasanqua in fall, and plum or daphne in winter are very beautiful. Another highlight is that there is a Japanese restaurant named “Gokurakuji-Chaya” where serves delicious kamaage-Shirasu (whitebait simply scaled) bowl or set meals and they are popular among the locals. Gokuraku-ji Temple is open from 9:00-16:30 (for treasure hall, 10:00-16:00). No fee needed (for treasure hall, 300 yen)
To get to Gokuraku-ji Temple: Get off at Gokuraku-ji station which is one stop away from Hase station of Enoden), walk for 2 minutes.
4th. Jojuin Temple
Jojuin is famous as “hydrangea temple”, and besides that Hagi blooming around the approaching path, or the view of Yuigahama after walking up the 108 steps of stairs are another highlights. This temple was built by Hojo-Yasutoki in 1219 to wish for the prosperity of his family, and before that, it was used to be the sacred place that Kobo-Daishi did Gomaku service.
The temple was once burned and destroyed together with Kamakura Bakuhu in 1333, but rebuilt in Edo period. The principal image is Fudo-Myo and placed at the main hall. Jojuin Temple is open from 8:00-17:00 (winter season: Nov 1st – Mar 1st from 8:00-16:30) No fee needed.
To get to Jojuin Temple: Take Enoden from Kamakura station and get off at Hase station, and walk for 6 minutes.
3rd Kamakura Museum of Literature
Kamakura Museum of Literature is a museum which exibits the autograph copy or letters written by literary figures who are related to Kamakura such as Kawabata Yasunari, Mishima yukio, Natsume Soseki, Akutagawa Ryunosuke, and Yosano Akiko.
This building was originally build as Maeda Toshitsugu’ Kamakura villa, who were a marquis, in around 1890. It was burned and destroyed by fire in 1910, but fully renovated to western style in 1936. Now it is designated as national tangible cultural properties.
In spring and fall, you can enjoy the roses in the huge garden. Additionally, You can try Taiyaki at a shop named “Taiyaki Namihei” selling Taiyaki which is a warm fish-shaped pancake filled with bean jam. It is located near Yuigahama station of Enoden.
Kamakura Museum of Literature is open from 9:00-17:00(last entry: 16:30) in Mar – Sep, from 9:00-16:30(last entry: 16:00) in Oct – Feb. Please take note that the museum is closed on every Monday(if the Monday is national holiday, it will be open) and year-end & new-year period(Dec 29th – Jan 3rd).
To get to Kamakura Museum of Literature: Get off at Yuigahama station which is one stop away from Hase station of Enoden, walk for about 7 minutes.
2nd Kōtoku-in Temple
The principal image of Kotoku-in Temple is the bronze statue of Seated Amida Nyorai,which is a national treasure and famous as “Great statue of Roza”.
The height of the statue is about 11.3m, and weigh about 121t. It keeps the good condition since it was built, and has significant value in the history of Buddhist art in Japan. It was started to build in 1252. After 750 years have been passed, and this principal image is believed as a symbol of Buddhism east biography and became the focus of people’s worship regardless of domestic or overseas, or denomination. Kotoku-in Temple is open from 8:00-16:30 in Apr – Sep, 8:00-17:00 in Oct – Mar. (last entry: 15 minutes before the closure)
In addition, the inside of Great Buddha is open from 8:00-16:30.(last entry: 10 minutes before the closure) The fee is 200 yen for all, except 150 yen for elementary school students. The fee for the inside of Great Buddha is 20 yen.
To get to Kotoku-in Temple: from Kamakura station, take Enoden and get off at Hase station, walk for about 7 minutes. During your walk, you can find a Japanese sweets shop named “Ebisuya” selling handmade rice cracker shaped in Great Buddha of Kotoku-in Temple and statue of Goddness of Kannon in Hase-dera Temple. It is a traditional rice cracker since Edo period, and tastes delicicious.
1st Hase-Dera Temple
Hase-Dera Temple, also known well as “Hase Kannon”, was built in 736 Nara period.
The principal image is standing statue of the Eleven-faced Kannon Bosatsu. This statue is the biggest wooden buddha in Japan(The height is 9.18m). In addition, there is a ovservation platform in this temple where you can see the full landscape of the sea or streets of Kamakura, and 2500 stumps of hydrangea with 40 different kinds are beautifully blooming, being scenic area.
Some of the kinds start to color at late May, and the best time comes to in the middle of Jun. The season of those hydrangea comes to end at the end of Jun. Hase-Dera is open from 8:00-17:30(last entry: 17:00) in Mar – Sep, and 8:00-17:00(last entry: 16:30) in Oct – Feb. There is a Kannonn museum in the precincts of Hase-Dera tample, so you can take a look at the valuable Buddhist statue. Moreover, there is a restaurant named “Oshokujidokoro Kaiko-an” in the precincts.
All the seats in this restaurants are facing the ocean, so the view is very beautiful. you can enjoy the panoramatic view of Kamakura streets and Yuigahama.One of their unique menu is “temple curry” which is cooked based on vegitarian feast and does not use animal ingredients, and have a good reputation from those who have a healthy-minded or vegan.
To get to Hase-Dera Temple: from Kamakura station, take Enoden and get off at Hase station. Then go straight and turn left at the Hatani Kannoni intersection.
2. Getting to Hase Station from Kamakura Station
To get to Hase station from Kamakura station(JR Yokosuka line/ Enoshima Electric Railway), take Enoden with Fujisawa direction. Hase station is 3 stops away, and it will take about 5 minutes with 190 yen.
3. Kamakura area list
Zaimokuza – Omachi area
Kamakura station area
Kita Kamakura area (Northern Kamakura area)
Inamuragasaki – Shichirigahama area
Hase – Yuigahama area
Kanazawa Kaido area