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Kōtoku-in, Kamakura
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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. Add Kōtoku-in to your Kamakura travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kamakura vacation trip planner.
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  • Not to belittle, but charge very expensive for a place that only has the image of Buddha. However, it is beautiful and is only missing a better infrastructure.
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  • Kamakura is about 1 hour by train from Tokyo. It is a seaside resort on the coast. We went in the winter, even though it was a beautiful sunny day, but in the summer it must be even better. The station took a bus that in few minutes left us at the entrance of the park where the big Buddha. A huge statue, beautiful, magical place that conveys peace and serenity. You can also go inside the statue. The site does not offer much else, but after we went for a walk to the beach and then stopped for a sandwich before going to visit another temple.
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  • The great Buda of Kamakura was my first giant Buddha statue and therefore the most beautiful, which impressed me and left me the best memory. Behind the statue there is a small garden to take advantage of also.
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  • Unfortunately I saw the Kotoku-in during a very rainy day, but it did not detract from the cultural/historic experience of visiting the great, bronze Buddha. The temple is very small, so a quick 30-minute stop is enough to absorb the sights. Expect a lot of tourists.
  • The Buddha is overwhelming. Definitely a must visit when in Kamakura. Only 200 Yen entrance fee.
  • Visiting the Daibutsu at Kōtoku-in was one of the highlights of my trip...impressive site and very humbling when you kneel down in front of this giant Buddha. Two suggestions for visitors who read m6 words here: 1. Kōtoku-in Temple opens at 8am. Pay the 200 Yen entrance fee and I recommend to arrive at opening at 8am promptly and you will have the place and Buddha more to yourself...others will start coming in to the point it is quite crowded in a short hour's time by 9am. 2. Go inside the Buddha (extra 20 Yen) and sit crossed legged on the floor at the back and meditate inside with Buddha. I hope this message finds you well. Peace, D. " Bodhi "
  • Lots of tourists around this area, but good place to see the giant buddha and walk around. The walking won't be more then an hour.
  • Never been this Buddha's temple before, wish to go and knee down to Buddha. May Buddha bless my family with health, happiness and wisdom. Namo Shakyamuni Buddha@Namo Amituofo Buddha