Great Buddha (Daibutsu)4.6
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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5.0in the last week
While the grounds are not large, this is one of the must see ancient attractions in Japan. When visiting, going inside the massive bronze statue is highly recommended, as it provides a rare, behind the scenes look at a structure that has truly stood the test of time, out surviving it's own buildings which disasters destroyed. The distinctive design of the statue makes a great keepsake, and the small replicas have remained eventually unchanged for 50+ years, save that they are now available in several metal colors.
5.0a month ago
I did a trail run that ended in Great Buddha of Kamakura in the late autumn and it was worth it. The Great Buddha is a relaxing and spiritual place to be for a small entrance fee. I got to see the big Buddha and also bought a bundled incense sticks for 100 yen to lit nearby. There's a coffee vending machine nearby to make you warm in the cold late autumn.
5.03 weeks ago
If you are anywhere near the Fujisawa or Yokohama areas 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.
5.04 weeks ago
Big Buddha Temple is a temple with a long history. Is a sacred place for the townspeople Is a city in the south of Tokyo Travel by train about 1.30 hours. Here, there is a history related to 4 Thai kings. You can see the pine trees grown within the temple.
5.03 weeks ago
Enjoy the history of the journey just getting here. The Enoden rail is one of the oldest railways that is famous for the historical trains. The Great Buddha is about a 10 minute walk from Hase Station. Very historical with deep meanings. While there are usually a lot of visitors, it's very easy to see and take pictures due to the sheer size of the Buddha. For 20 Yen, you can walk inside the Buddha.
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Strongly recommend you to visit by train due to massive traffic jam in this old town. As I mentioned in my profile, I will pick you up at the entrance of your hotel, then bring you to Kamakura by train. It's also great idea to use...
Strongly recommend you to visit by train due to massive traffic jam in this old town. As I mentioned in my profile, I will pick you up at the entrance of your hotel, then bring you to Kamakura by train. It's also great idea to use bicycle to go around in this small and historic town.
"Enoden" trip, which is the single track local train from Kamakura to Enoshima, will be highlight of your Kamakura visiting.
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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.