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Ways to Experience Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura)
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A great big Buddha set in beautiful clean courtyards and gardens. This is really a must see as part of a trip to Kamakura.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank Madshus
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Reviewed January 11, 2020

Big Buddha is amongst the main attractions of Kamakura and it delivers. It’s a beautiful big statue of Buddha overlooking the city inside the shrine grounds. Behind the Buddha, there is small shrine grounds but nothing worth mentioning. Overall it’s a smaller Buddha than “Big Buddha” statues in Phuket, Da Nang or Hong Kong but it’s still a pretty marvellous statue in blue color. It’s the second largest Buddha statue in Japan after Todai-ji in Nara, but this looks nicer as it’s outside rather than inside in the other one. You can even enter the statue but we couldn’t as we were too late for it courtesy delayed bus from Hokokuji.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Siddharth B
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Reviewed January 10, 2020 via mobile

The ancient bronze Buddha statue is iconic of Kamakura .

It is relatively small ground to visit. But it is still worth the while to pay a visit if in the area. The fun part of the visit is taking the Enoshima train from Kamakura station.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank GintamaZ
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Reviewed January 5, 2020

Simple to get to by train from Tokyo. I opted to walk from the Train Station to the Great Buddha, which was not a problem, a little hot and you need about 30 minutes. Loved walking the streets of this town and seeing some of the local vibe.

Very busy location and tour buses coming through at a regular pace. Still lots of good opportunities to take photos. Walking around the grounds behind the Buddha you can see some interesting architecture, gardens and trees.

Spent the morning around the Buddha then walked to Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shinto Shrine for a couple hours in the afternoon.

Ran out of time to do some shopping around Kamakura station, lots of shops and restaurants.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Tour53659008514
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Reviewed January 4, 2020

Giant 30 meter tall statue that you can go inside of too. Nice temple near by too. Easy to get to by train then a short walk. I recommend this destination

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank Joey H
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