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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 4 days ago via mobile

We visited this Kotoku-in Shrine with the giant Budha bronze (Daibutsu). We took the local train from Shinagawa to Uruga, which stops at Yokohama. From Yokohama station, we went to platform 9 and took Yokosuka Line which stops at Kamakura station. The trip from Yokohama...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Must see in Kamakura! For me, the level of awesomeness is at par with the daibatsu in Todaiji (Nara Park). It’s a stroll going there from the station. The goodies outside the temple is pretty cool as well.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Janice T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fairly crowded even on a weekday. That's to be expected as this is a favorite tourist site in Kamakura. We rented the electric bike from the train station shop, so it was a short 15 minute ride and the best thing was we parked right...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank IVegas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The grounds wasn’t extraordinary big and packed with lots of visitors. This may be one of the must see points of interest in Kamakura. The Great Buddha of Kamakura, the 2nd tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, resides outdoors on the grounds of Kotoku-in Temple....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Wood77
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The ground was clear and covered by pebbles, made the bronze big Buddha was clearly seen from afar. There was also temple where prayers and offerings would be given to the gods. It is also all right to buy omamori, charms, as a souvenir for...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank stravel_2k18
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Admittedly, this is why we came to Kamakura to see the Big Buddha. I mean it's literally reason that place exists. It's usually a pretty busy place, lots of people milling around and for something like 10 yen, you can go inside the Buddha to...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank CapnKaos
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The temple is located in Kamakura which is a short train ride from Tokyo using JR line and a short local train ride when you arrive to the Kamakura station. It’s not a big site itself but the Buddha statue is huge and worth the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank Phuc T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Buddha hasn't changed at all but the area looks different over decade. There is direct blue line from Tokyo, now. I do not recall if we could get in the Buddha before but this time you pay 20 Yen to be inside of the Big...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My son lives near Kamakura, so we took the train here as a day trip. We walked to the Great Buddha (mid-week, off season, and still lots of people with us, so I imagine it gets pretty hectic - think about doing it early morning...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Bob H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I followed on my visit to Hachimangu shrine by walking to see the Kotoku in statue of the Buddha. It really is a very impressive structure with a fascinating history. Peaceful setting that should be treated with due reverence. Once of the highlights of my...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Florence F
10 October 2018|
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Response from chrisgP7701XA | 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 RegJ_13 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can inside the Buddha for an extra charge. Lovely, peaceful grounds with a gift shop and refreshments.
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