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Hase-Dera Temple known more formally as Kaikozan Jishoin Hase-dera is one of the great Buddhist temples in the city of Kamakura. The temple is the fourth of the 33 stations of the Bando Sanju san kasho pilgrimage circuit dedicated to the goddess Benzaiten.
The temple originally belonged to the Tendai sect of Buddhism but eventually became an independent temple of the Jodo sect. Its Kannon statue is a treasure of Japan The statue is one of the largest wooden statues in Japan, with a height of 9 meters, made from camphor and gilded in gold. It has 11 heads each of which represents a phase in the search for enlightenment.
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Hase-Dera Temple known more formally as Kaikozan Jishoin Hase-dera is one of the great Buddhist temples in the city of Kamakura. The temple is the fourth of the 33 stations of the Bando Sanju san kasho pilgrimage circuit dedicated to the goddess Benzaiten.<br />
The temple originally belonged to the Tendai sect of Buddhism but eventually became an independent temple of the Jodo sect.  Its Kannon statue is a treasure of Japan The statue is one of the largest wooden statues in Japan, with a height of 9 meters, made from camphor and gilded in gold. It has 11 heads each of which represents a phase in the search for enlightenment.