TRIP The Kamakura Daibutsu is a bronze statue located within the Kōtoku-in Temple in the Japanese seaside town of Kamakura. Created in 1252, the Great Buddha is a Japanese National Treasure and well worth a visit when exploring other cities in the Kanto region.

TAP Visiting the city of Kamakura and the Great Buddha at the Kōtoku-in Temple is an excellent way to spend a day when visiting other nearby cities such as Tokyo and Yokohama. A visit to the Great Buddha is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to explore the more traditional and spiritual side of Japan. At over thirteen meters in height and weighing approximately 121 tones, the Great Buddha is one of the best examples of an Amida Buddha you can find anywhere in Asia.

Consider visiting the Great Buddha early; as the temple grounds were quite crowded during our visit. We also highly recommend entering the statues interior as it gives visitors an idea of the intricacy of the statues ancient metal work.

GO Visiting the Kōtoku-in Temple costs 200 yen with an additional 20 yen required to enter the statues interior. The Kōtoku-in Temple is a short ten minute walk from Hase Station on the Enoden railway line. Visit the Enoden Electric Railway’s official English website for train timetables, network maps and other useful information. The Kōtoku-in Temple is open daily from 8:00am – 5:30pm.

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