Hasedera Temple on the slopes of Mount Hatsuse (548m) is an old temple dating from the 7th century. This is one of 33 points on the pilgrimage route in the Kansai region, and has long been known as the "Temple of Flowers". It is depicted in many of ancient literature works including Pillow Story, Tale of Genji and Sarashina Nikki written in the 11th century.
Approached by some 400 stone steps, the main hall has a veranda with breath-taking views and houses a 10m-tall image of Kannon (Buddhist goddess of mercy) with 11 faces. The best times to visit are in the spring for blooming peonies and cherry blossoms and in the autumn for a vivid red color of maple leaves.
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Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 51.4km) Google Transit
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5.04 months ago
A beautiful temple set in a beautiful mountain. We arrived too late for the cherry trees but it must be amazing when they are in full bloom. We visited the giant Buddha room. Quite an experience ! They gave us a five-color bracelet before entering the room and we could keep it as a souvenir. The temple is located on the side of a mountain : you have to climb numerous steps to reach the main building. At the time of our visit, it was raining but the scenery was beautiful nonetheless. You can find numerous restaurants and shops on the road between the temple and the station. A very nice little town.
4.02 months ago
Good view from main temple building. It is recommended for those whose good at taking panorama photos.
5.03 months ago
Calm and peaceful place for Buddhism pilgrimage. Spectacular statue of Avalokiteshvara Boddhisatva. Nice place for Sakura viewing, need intensive energy to climb the staircases.
5.0a year ago
Absolutely amazing place, well worth the trek out to see it. Very peaceful. Spend some time just sitting on the terrace, and have an aimless wander around the expansive grounds. Particularly beautiful in sakura season, and, I imagine, for 黄葉 as well
5.0a year ago
Brilliant large buddhist temple in a great location. Amazing autumn colours across this whole valley. The temple itself is a fantastic timber architecture with a large deck overlooking the valley and town below.