Great Buddha

Sightseeing information about Great Buddha in Japan.

Great Buddha (Daibutsu)4.6

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Kamakura's most symbolic sight is the Great Buddha bronze statue sitting 11.3m tall, second in height after the Great Buddha in Nara. The statue is very imposing with its head measuring 2.35m, eyes 1m and ears 1.9m, and weighing 120 tons. For an extra fee, you can go inside the statue to see its inner structure.

Major highlights around this spot include Jojuin Temple, famous for its hydrangea garden, Hase-dera Temple providing good views of the sea, and the 900-long Yuigahama Beach. There many restaurants offering savory sushi and shops selling souvenirs and trinkets.

Purposeelderly,spiritual places,family,Japanese resort,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Tokyo International Airport (about 34.3km) Google Transit

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4.04 months ago

Beautiful place to give your gratitude and say prayers. Relatively quiet, through of course you will murmurs due to the number of people who will visit. There's a cost of 200 yen to enter and a cost of 20 yen if you would like to see inside the statue. You are able to walk around the garden and there are places to sit if needed or if you just want to take in the site.

5.04 months ago

This is a very short walk from the train station and there are some fun shops on the way. Not nearly as many shops as the main Kamakura station and shrine, but I thought the prices were MUCH cheaper at these stores.

It's 200¥ to enter the area where the Buddha is, but there are a few small shops on the grounds that are worth checking out (Buddha stamped cookies and a few other fun things). The Buddha is over 700 years old and you can actually go inside it.

5.02 months ago

Interesting stop in Kamakura. The entrance fee is relatively inexpensive, and the great Buddha statue is impressive. You can also go inside for a small fee, but there isn't really much to see, and the windows are too high to see out of. The temple grounds are peaceful.

5.03 months ago

If you are any near the Fujisawa or Yokohama and do not take the time to visit Kamakura and see the Daibutsu (Great Buddha) or other temples and shrines that dot the area you will have missed a great opportunity. Japan is beautiful, and Kamakura is a notch up from the rest of the area. The Great Buddha is a pretty cool example of old engineering and art. Pay the extra 20 yen and see the inside too. The walk is great and so is the experience. Stay a while and think, regardless of your faith, peace prevails and it is a place for reverence.

4.03 weeks ago

If you are heading to kamakura, take the odakyu pass as it comes with kamakura - enoshima package for less than 1800 yen per pax. You can use this pass for whole day and start your journey early as the distance to one station to another takes time

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Kamakura is the city where the first military government headed by Samurai was established in the 12th century and flourished as the center in respect of politics, military affairs, economics, diplomacy and etc. In those days, the Bud...

Kamakura is the city where the first military government headed by Samurai was established in the 12th century and flourished as the center in respect of politics, military affairs, economics, diplomacy and etc.

In those days, the Buddhism developed tremendously under the patronage of the-then government, and Daibutsu represents one of these Buddhism-related structures. Let us visit not only Daibutsu but also other various temples and shires around in Kamakura.

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