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Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura)

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This nearly 47-foot bronze statue of Amida Buddha is the second largest Buddha statue in Japan.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
4 Chome-2-28 Hase, Kamakura 248-0016, Kanagawa Prefecture
+81 467-22-0703
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Big buddha a short walk from the Kamakura Station. A few signs guide you along the streets to it. Near a temple. Need to pay to enter both the Buddha and the Temple. One ticket for each. If you can get there early there are...More

Thank Lyle K
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The great Buddha is very neat- and if you’re in kamakura. You’re going. You’re paying a $3.00 fee to get in- and you’re going. What ended up being really special for my husband and I was we stumbled into a massive group of school children...More

Thank sammyduncan90
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Great Buddha is a must see. You can also walk inside the Buddha which is pretty cool. After the Great Buddha I would recommend exploring the streets of Kamakura.

Thank Ashley Y
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Grand Buddha statue is well worth seeing. Very impressive size and sits in a lovely wooded area just outside the town. We walked to the temple from the train station, it's just less than 2km. There are buses and a tram available, we got...More

Thank Reuben J
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the iconic landmarks which should not be missed if you were in Kamakura. The Great Buddha of Kamakura is one of the biggest Buddha statues in the world.

Thank CSM20
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the three great Buddha statues in Japan. This one is located in Kamakura. This is a bronze statue. The shrine is known as Kotoku-in. The statue is located outdoor. The Buddha statue is a representation of Amida Buddha. It is considered a national...More

Thank Joy_Sinha
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While not as HUGE as I was expecting, the Buddha statue is still fascinating and alluring. The gardens of the surrounding temple are nothing special, but the whole trip to Kamakura is a relaxing and a nice break from crazy busy Tokyo.

Thank Bruno B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Great Buddha of Kamakura is, well, great. It is imposing and fascinating and so beatiful, gives off a feeling of calmness and peace. The grounds of the temple are also very relaxing. Well worth the money.

Thank ChiisanaSaki
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The spiritual experience is well worth the trip to Kamakura. It is one of the better Buddha sites to visit with a great history. Additionally getting to experience the train system in Japan to get to Kamakura is an adventure in its self. After visiting...More

Thank Will M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Get here early. Pay to enter inside the statue for an idea of how it was made. Vending machines and toilets available here too.

Thank Chris G
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Florence F
10 October 2018|
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Response from Chris G | Reviewed this property |
Yep around 190yen. Discount tickets which include access to the attractions are avaiable. Also if you have a Suica or Pasmo card (available to purchase everywhere) you can use those to travel on the enoshima electric... More
12 February 2018|
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Response from zapumal | Reviewed this property |
You can go inside the Buddha for extra 20 yen. But cannot look though the Buddha eyes.
Nette M
31 March 2017|
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Response from Dawn14786 | Reviewed this property |
Best is to travel by metro train (JR). You can board JR from Sakuragicho station. As far as train tickets are concerned, it's better to have the train pass (Suica or any other). It can be obtained from the ticket machines... More