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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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Kamakura and Tokyo Bay Day Trip from Tokyo
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Private Half-Day Tour of Kamakura from Tokyo including the Great Buddha
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This nearly 47-foot bronze statue of Amida Buddha is the second largest Buddha statue in Japan.
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  • Very good42%
  • Average13%
  • Poor1%
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4-2-28 Hase, Kamakura 248-0016, Kanagawa Prefecture
+81 467-22-0703
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were four friends and find this great tour guide, Peter. We enjoyed very much and learned a lot about the culture, history and such a beautiful sceneries spots Peter was showing us. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to go to...More

Thank Carla H
Reviewed 5 days ago

I traveled with a group to the main temple in Kamakura, the bamboo temple, and finished our afternoon with visiting this site. All fit easily into an afternoon. We took a taxi from the bamboo temple to this location, and then a taxi to the...More

Thank Thundergirl990
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Must see if you're in Tokyo and have time to spare. It's about 1.5 hours train ride from Tokyo. You get of at Kamakura station and transfer to the local train to Hase. It's about a 10 minute walk to get to Kotokuin from there....More

Thank 451cece
Reviewed 1 week ago

Character of the place is very different depending on how crowded it is -- we happened on it after our first visit and at first, couldn't believe it was the same place without the vendors and the crowd.

Thank gavelcabin
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on a Sunday in early June. The Buddha can be reached by taking the Enoden Line from Kamakura to Hase. The train journey is a treat in itself. It was filled with local tourists and so a great opportunity to experience Japanese culture....More

Thank Michele B
Reviewed 1 week ago

With 19 Shinto shrines & 65 Buddhist temples in Kamakura, this is one of the top sights. Forty four feet tall, cast in 30 separate parts and built in 1252, it is a world class sight. Definitely enjoyed the woven "buddha sandals" nearby. Don't miss...More

Thank Cal_Travel_Lover
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I could feel the sacredness and a strong presence of divinity in the shrine of the Great Buddha. Worth visiting.

Thank Nihar Ranjan D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

He really is giant! We paid the 20 yen (no typo - that's the right #) to walk up into his belly. Not much to see, but simply a cool thing to do. Be sure to walk into the small gardens. Very peaceful.

Thank jloug
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It took around 1 hour from Tokyo to this area. You just walked from station to the temple, about 10-15 minutes. You can see the inside of the buddha with additional fee only 10 yen.

Thank Boschagirl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Brilliant!! A definite must see.... Very peacefull and quiet neighborhood, go during the week. A place to relax..

Thank TOA15
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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?
28 February 2017|
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Response from peterbago | Reviewed this property |
Open and if you go in tourist season the answer is yes