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Kōtoku-in, Kamakura

Must see · Religious Site · Landmark
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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  • Easy and fun stop with ample parking options close by. The Buddha grounds were pretty and Sakura were in bloom. Cost for entry was low. For three people and one free child it was ¥750. Not a far...  more »
  • The Buddha isn’t that huge, although it is very old and full of history. It is also very far from the train station, need to walk 20 mins to reach. It’s slow as full of tourist and very crowded. It...  more »
  • Very much a highlight of anyone's visit to Kamakura. Not the largest buddha in Japan but it is very much a magnificent serene statue. It is located in a wonderful temple setting. We visited...  more »
  • I have been inside several times in a span of almost a decade. The gardens are always well maintained and it’s relaxing inside. The statue is big but not gigantic. One more interesting factor are the shops and restaurants outside the temple area. The beach is also walking distance.
  • Very cool. He was huge! Shopping street close by to.
  • Lovely place. A very big statue of Buddha commonly known as The Great Buddha. In the summer time due to extreme heat many people are no able to visit but in the winter usually crowded. You can visit this place if you are planning for a kamakura day tour.
  • A little far from the city and the crowd where you can make your mind free and fresh !!
  • This place is amazing! It's an incredible feeling to see a place/structure/thing that people have been visiting for such a long time.

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