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“The best Buddha” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kotokuin (Great Buddha of Kamakura)

Kotokuin (Great Buddha of Kamakura)
4-2-28 Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture 248-0016, Japan
+81 467-22-0703
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Ranked #3 of 80 Attractions in Kamakura
Type: Religious Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Owner description: This nearly 47-foot bronze statue of Amida Buddha is the second largest Buddha statue in Japan.
Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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“The best Buddha”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Could not believe how wonderful this statue is. Definitely the best one in Japan. Even better than the larger one in Nara.

Visited February 2014
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“He is a must see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014 via mobile

Quite surreal actually. Might have been the steady rain. Felt extremely peaceful. He is huge.
Go! Make the journey from Tokyo.
Kamakura is worth the trip. If you see the Great Buddha and Hokokuji Temple (bamboo), it is worth the journey.
Less than one hour at site.
Small fee.
Leave train station through exit with all the buses. Jump on bus #2. Can use same metro card from Tokyo metro. Great Buddha is one of its stop. Let driver know you want that stop (others will too).
Same bus coming back. Look for crowd at bus stop outside entrance. Same side of street as temple. Or ask. Locals extremely helpful.
Walkable from train station. We had steady rain though.
Note: Info desk in train station by cafe. Maps, etc. available in English.

Visited March 2014
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Nagaizumi-cho, Japan
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“Magnificent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Worth the trip, particularly if you go through Fujisawa and take the Enoden Electric Railway. A day trip from Tokyo or Yokohama. The "Great Buddha" has spectacular presence and the area, thought full of tourists, clearly has many there who treat it with reverence.

Visited March 2014
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“impressive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

a trip to kamakura without a visit to the great buddha would be unthinkable, but truth be told, visiting the grounds require probably no more than 20 minutes.

the statue is very impressive, large, over 800 years old and unlike the majority of other buddhas, you can actually take pictures. there is a nice little market on the grounds that sells snacks and souvenirs too.

i recall the entry fee being 300y although the website and other reviews still say 200y. either way, the entry fee is reasonable. just a 10 minute walk or less from the hase station (electrical rail).

Visited January 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Beautiful but too Touristy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

While the statue is magnificent to see in person, the area was just absolutely filled with other tourists when we went. It definitely took away from the experience. We went at the height of field trip season for Japanese students, I am told (it was in May.) While this is a must-see if you're in Kamakura, I don't think I would recommend visiting Kamakura solely for this. Definitely work it in around other sites, as it's not worth the whole trip alone.

Visited May 2013
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