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Kotokuin (Great Buddha of Kamakura)

4-2-28 Hase, Kamakura 248-0016, Kanagawa Prefecture
+81 467-22-0703
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4-2-28 Hase, Kamakura 248-0016, Kanagawa Prefecture
+81 467-22-0703
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Great Buddha of Kamakura is small temple compare to Osaka Castle but Buddha Statue was very nice. From Tokyo Station you take the JR to Kamakura Station, then continue with Enoden Line (separate than JR, need to buy new ticket for JPY210/person) and alight...More

Thank William Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's highly recommended to go for a visit and takes about one hour train from Tokyo. When you visit the Buddha, I suggest you to also study the history and its story of building. Its much interesting than just taking photos.

Thank WillYRider
Reviewed 1 week ago

This a nice day trip from Tokyo. The statue is magnificent, the shrine is crowded with many tourists . The are is close to the sea and there are many small temples around.

Thank Kamal c
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my second visit here, but the first on a Sunday during Sakura Season. It was not the peaceful loveliness it can be, but if you can block out the crowds, shouting, laughing and clambering over each other for the best selfie, you'll be...More

Thank Emma C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the Great Buddha during the Golden week. It was packed with tourists and locals. Although it was crowded, but definitely worth a visit. I came here solely to see the Great Buddha and was surprised to know that you can see the interior of...More

Thank sunchyme3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Kotokuin is one of the biggest Buddha statues in Japan as it is also known as "Great Buddha of Kamakura" and 13 metres tall. The impressive thing about the buddha is the possibility to enter the statue from behind and see the interior. There are...More

Thank Flyngdtchmn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our visit to Kamakura was solely to visit this beautiful Buddah. The grounds and lovely and extremely peaceful. Dont forget to cleanse yourself before entering...,

Thank 530Gypsy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is really refreshing considering the surrounding. Lots of greenery and the huge statue of Buddha. Also you have the opportunity to go inside the statue.

Thank Soumya S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went specifically to Kamakura only to visit the temple and the big statue and we were not at all disappointed. The Buddha is magnificent and impressive. You can also go inside the statue. Worth absolutely the trip from Tokyo.

Thank Jupiter81
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I always wanted to see this beautiful Buddha statue after seeing pictures. In reality, the area is a little smaller than I expected and there were many visitors making it a bit crowded. However, the Daibutsu didn't disappoint. This is one of the most calm...More

Thank MontfortOaks
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Nette M
Hi, we are staying in Yokohama, Sakuragicho. pls give us a detailed instruction how to get to the Great Buddha by train, thank you so much for any help.
31 March 2017|
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Response from Dawn14786 | Reviewed this property |
Best is to travel by metro train (JR). You can board JR from Sakuragicho station. As far as train tickets are concerned, it's better to have the train pass (Suica or any other). It can be obtained from the ticket machines... More
Is it possible to hire a private car/guide to take us from our hotel in Tokyo to the great Buddha? We have an elderly mother who cant do much walking, so would rather avoid the train stations etc. and save her energy for walking at statue and a little shopping. can a car drop us right at the Buddha, or is it a ways from the entrance? we have a group of 6 with two young children as well, so just trying to figure out the easiest way and door to door service as much as possible. Thanks!
10 March 2017|
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Response from Kc O | Reviewed this property |
I think you can ask for car service and they have your packages as well .. The Buddha statue is not that far from the entarance
Is this place open on January 2nd? Or is it typically closed for the holidays? Is it typically crowded if it is open?
27 February 2017|
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Response from peterbago | Reviewed this property |
Open and if you go in tourist season the answer is yes