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Kōtoku-in, Kamakura

Admire the monumental statue of Kōtoku-in, one of the largest Buddha figures in Japan. The towering bronze statue dates back to the 13th century and sits outside a Buddhist temple in the small town of Kamakura. Enjoy the view of the 13.3 m (43.8 ft) tall Amitabha Buddha, an imposing sight dominating peaceful temple grounds. For a small fee, you can venture inside the hollow statue to see the elaborate structural work that makes up this gargantuan monument. Using our custom trip planner, Kamakura attractions like Kōtoku-in can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It seems to have been the Buddha of the wood at the beginning, except that the casting was started in the middle of the Kamakura period is the only national treasure in Kamakura that was shrouded in mystery. Although the appearance at the time of construction is kept almost, it is reputed that it was in the Great Buddha in the original, and the Buddha collapsed in the earthquake and the large tsunami, and it became a more merciful appearance even if it was slightly leaning forward a little. Although we can know the size of the big Buddha from a large cornerstone, which is set at regular intervals around the great Buddha, most people, too, are resting on the cornerstone instead of sitting down. In the vicinity, a big waraji that it was braided for the stroll was hanging on the Mashi like the children at the elementary school somewhere because the great Buddha was just sitting and was sorry. It was possible to enter the womb in the last minute, and it was understood that the inside was a so-called cathedral-dong, but it was not understood what about the advanced casting technology which has been transmitted apparently (> _)!
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  • Kamakura is a small town located near Yokohama and Tokyo. You can reach the town by train and walk around it. The Kotoku-in temple should be visited where the statue of Great Buddha is located. The to...  more »
  • Using the Snow app, I was also able to enjoy to replace the face and the Buddha! There is also a cute big Buddha goods souvenir.
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  • A long way to go there from Tokyo.. Nearly two hours Comparatively small place but worth going there. An astonishing crafting method of the Great Buddha is explained if you go inside the statue with a low entrance fee. Just 20 Yen Love the place ❤
  • A must visit if you are in Tokyo! It is not far away (~40min from Tokyo Central). The temple and the Buddha statue can be seen in around 30min. The town (Kamakura) is a nice place to wander around and with some additional temples that could compliment the visit. The beach is also nice to go around if you have time.
  • nice place to visit, while I went to this place without any plan in advance. I have just checked in on the hotel at Kawasaki, then I try to find interest thing to go nearby, and someone said to me to visit Kamakura. This place will give you interesting ambiance, a lot of wonderful spot to be visited, warm people with warm place, and all the tourism information can be found anywhere around the city.
  • If you are in tokyo and want to spend time in a beautiful town next to the city this is the best option, the town is small but very beautiful, there is a lot of restaurants and shops. And the temple its just amazing! if you go in the morning is better because there would be less people and you would be able to take good pictures, in summer in the afternoon always rains so do not forget to bring an umbrella.
  • Amazing place. A MUST if you're in Japan. The entrance fee is only 200 Yen and the souvenirs are so cheap! You can move easily in train and I recommend visit Enoshima after this place.
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