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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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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 deployed at the station itself. Get it for 1000 yen, of which 500 yen would be deducted as the security deposit (which is refundable when you return the card on your departure from Japan). You can refer the following path to reach The Great Buddha.
1. Board the train from Sakuragicho station at the Negishi Line to reach Ofuna station. I think it runs from platform number 3.
2. Get off the train at Ofuna Station. Board the train from Ofuna station at Yokosuka line to reach Kamakura station.
3. Get off the train at Kamakura station. Board the train from here at the Enoshima Dentetsu Line to reach Hase station.
4. Get off the train at Hase station. You have to walk from here for about 650m to reach Great Buddha.
Don't worry about getting lost at all. Google maps works way better here and most importantly, Japanese people are very helpful.
1. Reacharge Suica with enough yen before commencing your journey as you will find that most of the places accept Suica for any purchase. Do carry some amount of cash as well.
2. Have a working internet connection on your cellular device along with the google maps app. It's way too useful too not get lost.
3. If you like to walk, you can reach the Great Buddha from Kamakura Station itself. It's about 1.2 km from there. As weather is good most of the time in Jaoan, you won't feel uncomfortable.
Hope this helps. Have a wonderful stay in Japan.