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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 5 days ago via mobile

Get here early. Pay to enter inside the statue for an idea of how it was made. Vending machines and toilets available here too.

Thank Chris G
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The Buddha is big and its history interesting but if you’re not there for religious reasons you will probably take a picture and leave. There are a lot of other beautiful spots in Kamakura, so looking back I would have rather spend my time seeing...More

Thank aranyaya
Reviewed 6 days ago

This Buddah dominates the area. The local challenge is to count the curls on his head! As with other areas of interest, there is a lack of seats and places to rest.

Thank Jackie W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved this Beautiful Buddha with its surrounding gardens. They open at 8 arrive early to avoid the crowds

Thank kcanavan2010
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the famous icons in Japan is the Great Buddha of Kamakura. It was a bit far from where we were booked, took us one train transfer and a bus ride to get to the place, but the commute was worth the experience. It...More

Thank MaelynRoa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You have to pay to see enter the area. In there you will find the big Buddha which is quite nice. Other than that there is nothing much to see. Is it worth to see? I think yes since its not expensive to enter. But...More

Thank Bo B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the Great Buddha was nice and impressive, and worth going just for that. I always feel a sense of serenity when seeing these type of structures. the surrounding is really nothing to shout about. there's the great buddha and nothing else. you get to pay...More

Thank justgoanywhere
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped to see the Great Buddha, the statue was impressive but the surroundings that Buddha was in was not so impressive, i wouldnt suggest going for a visit if it is out of your way, it was the least impressive place we stopped at...More

Thank RayleneL
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A couple of hours viewing the impressive Buddha, buildings and enjoying the cool breeze in the grounds. Very popular and well worth the trip.

Thank Reg J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Even though I knew what was coming from the photos, the first sight of this statue was still impressive and inspiring. Yes there are lots of crowds but somehow the sea of umbrellas only added to the statue's majesty.

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12 February 2018|
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Response from zapumal | Reviewed this property |
You can go inside the Buddha for extra 20 yen. But cannot look though the Buddha eyes.
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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
10 March 2017|
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Response from Kc O | Reviewed this property |
I think you can ask for car service and they have your packages as well .. The Buddha statue is not that far from the entarance