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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5.02 months ago
A really beautiful place. The best thing I liked was that despite being a temple, the place is huge. Recommend going somewhere mid to late June for full bloom hydrangea
5.03 months ago
It's a beautiful temple with beautiful gardens. Sakura, peony, hydrangea, maple......all planted along the elevation which gives a tremendous view from the temple premises.
A photographic enthusiast can spend minimum 2 hrs here. There's everything of interest , pagoda, temple, lanterns , statues , foliage. Any click is a beautiful frame. .
5.03 weeks ago
Absolutely wonderful temple in Nara Prefecture. Well worth the extra effort in getting there
5.0a month ago
Really beautiful hydrangea flowers. Will be back next May for the peony flowers along the corridor.
5.0a month ago
Extremely beautiful I say it's must see. A lot of beautiful temples and cultural things here. There is a 10meter buddha that is amazing, almost of God's to wish goodluck for if your into that. I prayed for my teeth, legs, eyes, good fortune with money and girls. I saw few souvenirs. There is one of those traditional hand baths, I'm sorry I do not the name, here you should not drink from them. It is a little high being a water bottle or two unless you want to get something from the many vending machines. There are many shines and high views so it is a perfect excuse to take a picture with someone, "oh look at this view! Let's take a picture!" But probably in Japanese because if you are two Americans you probably already know each other, because we are in Japan. Please don't take pictures of the Buddhas it is very bad and disrespectful. I hear during the seasons there are many beautiful flowers. At night the lanterns light up and it is also very beautiful. Goodluck and remember it!