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Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura): Tours & Tickets

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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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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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

This is a very average temple. The age of the Buddha and the fact that it has survived quakes and fires is a testament to it's builders many hundreds of years ago. For ¥20 you can go inside to see how it was constructed. Good...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Nastame
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the sheer size of the statue is quite impressive, just think about how there used to be roof above...and it is said that ancient coins were melted to forge the hull of the buddha, full of interesting thoughts really.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Difan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went from Tokyo to Kamakura for a day trip and we loved it. They say it’s like a “mini Kyoto”. The big Buddha is such a sight and we went to a couple of other shrines too. It was a good calm day, nice...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank sholtrowan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Jump on a local train out of Shimbashi . Get off at Kamakura and change to the small electric train for Hase. It’s then just a short walk through the village past numerous small restaurant and local craft shops selling many good quality souvenirs to...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank sharone962
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This statue is stunning in person, but there is not much to see immediately around. The Buddha is enough to merit a visit.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Terri G
Reviewed 15 September 2019 via mobile

It was far from Tokyo but it was worth the ride. There was an entrance of ¥300 and a little more if you want to go insiden the statue. So many tourists yes but mostly students. Definitely worthy to add in you itinerary in your...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 13 September 2019 via mobile

Nicely set garden temple with a 7 centuries old Buddha statue and great surrounding too. Kamakura city is worth visiting as the tempo is slower and the other Hasedera temple ,which is within walking distance from each others, is equally serene with nice garden setting...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 10 September 2019

I've seen people uploading photos on the great Buddha in Kamakura a long time before I finally had the chance to visit it. With its long history, it's really surprising how well-maintain it was. so I finally ventured into Kamakura about two weeks ago and...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 1 September 2019 via mobile

Very easy to get great photos at this attraction. Everyone there was very respectful of others taking your photos. Well worth making the trip

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 September 2019 via mobile

While it is certainly remarkable that they built such a big statue with a very ingenious technique, it is really just one statue and nothing more. Pass by if you will but don’t go too much out of your way for it.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Emilia J
5 April 2019|
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Response from cazbeckett | Reviewed this property |
It's practically flat from Hase Station to the Great Buddha (less than 1 kilometre from the station - Hasedera is closer). Only a handful of steps at Kotokuin itself but you can easily see the statue without walking up... More
Florence F
9 October 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
12 February 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.