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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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  • The great Buddha is the symbol of Kamakura and the main attraction of the place. There are also several temples that are worth seeing, but without doubt the Buddha will not leave you indifferent.
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  • This is the 2 nd. I'd like to see come to a little walk from hase station. Is Buddha a beautiful face. Foreign tourists come to Kyoto as is.
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  • Today, Kamakura is a small city but a very popular tourist destination as it is better known as the Kyoto of Eastern Japan.. Historic Kamakura offers numerous temples, shrines and other historical mon...  more »
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  • Absolutely incredible to see. One of my favorite travel memories. Great photos of this amazing statue, clean and safe area. I hope I get to visit here again.
  • I was very impressed on my first visit many years ago. But not so much on my 2nd visit recently. However the Great Buddha of Kamakura is worth seeing once. Busy even on weekdays
  • Fun day trip with much to do! Big Buddha is great to go see. I wouldn't go inside the buddha unless you are super interested in the way it was built, but strolling around it and hanging out in the area is nice. Outside the big buddha temple, there is a map with all the other temples and cool areas to check out. I would highly recommend temple hopping. There are some with great views of the beach and shore! The beach nearby is a great place to view the sunset. The food in the area is great too.
  • Great place to visit. I was told that the statue is there since the original temple was destroyed by flood. There is also a small garden behind the statue.
  • I am indian, I visit in future to seen great budha. I love budha.

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Where to stay in Kamakura

Given the easy access from Tokyo via a number of public transport options, the vast majority of visitors to Kamakura choose to stay in the capital and head here for a day trip. If you feel there's too much to see in one day, then you'll be pleased to find a decent selection of accommodations in Kamakura itself. Down by the sea sit perhaps the most luxurious of the crop, with sea views high on the list of desires for those who stay here. Follow the river as it snakes inland past the train station, and you'll see a good number of more standard hotels, as well as particularly budget-friendly guesthouses.
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