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“Well worth the short trip from Tokyo”

Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura)
Ranked #5 of 191 things to do in Kamakura
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This nearly 47-foot bronze statue of Amida Buddha is the second largest Buddha statue in Japan.
Reviewed February 2, 2013

About 45 minutes from Tokyo by train, Kamakura is both a site to inspire and revere. Located in a sacred Buddha complex, you will see one of the world's largest Buddha statues. The grounds are lovely (if you go in April you will see the beautiful cherry blossoms which are the cause of great celebration and festivities to the Japanese). Even if you are not a Buddhist, you will taken aback by the holy and solemn feeling of the place. I did this as part my Around the World in 90 Days" trip - see the pictures on my blog: www.toscanoworldtrip@blogspot.com.

Date of experience: April 2012
1  Thank rtlaw
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

The Big Buddha or Daibutsu is worth seeing if you are planning a trip to the Kamakura region. It is a huge bronze statute that is over 10 metres high and hollow inside and was created in or around 1252. It sits regally in the middle of a courtyard and is really the only feature in this complex which has food outlets, toilet facilities and souvenirs on sale. It costs 200 yen to visit the Buddha however an additional fee of only 20 yen is required if you want to que up to go inside the buddha to see how the creators of this giant statue put it together. You will only need to spend no more than 20 minutes at this site to see the Buddha and go inside.

To get to the Buddha from Kamakura, take the quaint Enoden Enoshima line from Kamakura train station to the town of Hase. This train track is so narrow and the line consists of only 2 or 3 old fashioned carriages. Then walk north of the station exit for about 15 minutes to reach the buddha. On the way up the street to the big Buddha, make sure you veer off down a street to the left to see the beautiful Hasedera shrine which is one of my favourite shrines so far.

The buddha is open 7 days a week from 8-5pm Oct-Mar and to 5:30 April-Sep.

Date of experience: January 2013
3  Thank CathCPerth
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Very busy tourist spot, but still cool to see. We paid the small fee (maybe 20 yen per person) to go inside of the Buddha and that was okay. There are some fun shops along the walk from the closest train station to the Buddha, definitely check those out. Also, the Hawaiian restaurant right beside the train station had some delicious malasadas. Get the coconut covered one!

Date of experience: October 2012
1  Thank Cherie H
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

After arriving in Kamakura, we decided to walk the 20 minutes from the station to the statue as it was such a lovely sunny day. The Buddha is amazing, very imposing and impressive, set in a very serene and peaceful environment. Even though it was the Saturday of a long weekend, it wasn't very crowded so we got to enjoy it without hoards of people. It's 200 yen each to enter the grounds and for an extra 20 yen, you can actually go inside the statue, although it's just hollow with some written explanation about how they built it. The Buddha was definitely worth visiting.

Date of experience: January 2013
1  Thank GourmetTravellers
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

This was a great day out, with a beautiful hike through woodland, visits to ancient shrines and the Buddha at the end of the track. I did expect the Buddha's shrine to be in the middle of the woods, so was quite surprised when it was actually in the middle of a town! That didn't spoil the overall effect, however and

Date of experience: December 2012
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