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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

If you get lost like I did (in 1992 and 25 years later, in 2018) and end up doing the walking trail (as I did, in the mud), just be prepared for a lot of hiking. However, that's just getting there the hard way. When...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I have not been to the big Buddha for the last 20 years. Did a day trip from Tokyo. Started early and arrived before 9 am. Calming and majestic. I paid 20 yen j more to get inside the belly of the Buddha. Tour groups...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank singinggigi
Reviewed 1 week ago

We just re-visited the Great Buddha of Kamakura, which I remember visiting as a student in high school long ago. It seemed much more impressive then, somehow. But it's still a significant presence. You can go inside the statue and see how it was constructed...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank K811WAphilipb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Majestic, peaceful and massive - this Buddha is worth a visit. Burn some incense, say a prayer and take in the calm. Stroll around the surrounding areas and absorb the harmony.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Teresa C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must see if you are headed to Kamakura for a day trip from Tokyo or staying in the area itself. Absolutely magnificent to look and gaze upon something that’s been there for 500 years plus.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank perfect_spy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Anyone in admiration of Lord Buddha can’t miss this location. A pleasant walk from station and a beautiful setting of the statue in nature.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank KrishC_12
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I used the eno-kamakura free pass which it gave me the roundtrip from Shinjuku and the enoden for the day. The great buddha was totally worth it. What it wasnt worth it to enter there. Only 20 only yens to enter there. If youre curious...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank marumiya
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Following Haseji Temple, I visited Koutokuin Temple and its Daibutsu (gigantic Buddha statue) as the end of a day tour of Kamakura with an American friend. It is basically a bronze statue with a height of thirteen meters including the sitting bench. It was built...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tomizuta1953
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Such a peaceful place and a must see when you're in Japan. We were lucky that it wasn't so crowded when we came. The village itself is a must go to.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 13, 2018 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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Florence F
October 9, 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
February 12, 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
March 30, 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