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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 them.
Hasedera however has many more stairs to climb - the temple complex is arranged in tiers as it's on a hill. There's 3 sets of stairs before you reach the main temple hall (about 2 flights in total I guess??). There are more stairs above that if you want an ocean view. But there's some interesting things on the lowest level (including a cave).
I visited Kotokuin first because a massive crowd peeled off to go to Hasedera and I was happy to get away from them. It really depends on your preference.
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
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 railway (also very useful for Tokyo metro line and buses etc).....if you have time then travel further down the line and visit the Enoshima sea candle too.. .great views of mount Fuji if it's a clear day!