Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura), Kamakura

Admire the monumental statue of Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura), 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 Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • C is the largest Buddha in Japan do it 15 meters. Very cool to see he esr still impressive
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  • First, I absolutely recommend a visit to the beautiful Kamakura, which will make you forget for a while the skyscrapers and the crowd of the Tokyo metropolis. The town is 1:00 by train around at a cost of 900 yen (then no more than 6 euros each way) with the Yokosuka line (blue line) passing through main stations including that of central Tokyo. Kamakura is very small, and has at least a dozen temples to visit, so much so that just moving walk is impossible not to meet someone. The price more or less (per input) varies from €1 to €2. No exception on big buddah, surely the most known attraction, with an input of about €1.50. Worth a splurge, stately and imposing in all its beauty, can enter inside to see it from the inside. The buddah is located 10 min walk from the train station in Kamakura, well marked by signs as well as other temples exist. Council as already written to boot walk to the small town, beautiful even for a small hike in the Woods where there are small temples to visit.
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  • easy access from Shinjuku station (shonan-shinjuku line) 59 minutes. Go early, as the Daibutsu and temple get very crowded with tour buses. You can catch a bus from the train station, but we walked, i...  more »
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  • The place is usually crowded, and the only object of attraction is Buddha Statue, if you wanna look around in peace, ensure to visit on a working day. The souvenir shop inside the grounds has a good collection. It's not that expensive and also you can find some good souvenirs, do remember to visit the shop. If you have some daylight saved, make sure to rush to the beach, it's just 15 minutes walk. Enjoy.
  • Home to the second greatest Daibutsu (Buddha statue) in the whole Japan, this temple offers much less than other famous temples throughout the country. The main attraction is located just a few meters after the main gate, in a large garden. This massive bronze statue representing a sitting Buddha, really ancient and impressive. It gives the entire area solemn and magnificent vibes. Entrance fees, even inside the statue, are ridiculously cheap...so don't miss it for any reason! You will have some good memories, as long as none of the rest is pretty much interesting.
  • Beautiful...amazing place...serene...quiet...peaceful...nice photos...the road from the train station to the statue is full of good food and desserts that you can take to the beach and enjoy a nice afternoon after all the walking :)
  • It's hard to argue with the confluence of serenity and history here. Relax and soak in the gaze of a Buddha that has survived centuries.
  • The smallest location I visited at Kamakura. Entrance fee was 200 Yen. The statue itself was nice to see. Apparently it's made with 31 casts. You can go inside (20 Yen) to see how they connected the plates. I had more expectations for this place.

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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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