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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5.02 weeks ago
This was my favourite day trip out of Tokyo. I’m giving 5 stars for Kamakura itself as it is a beautiful area with so many sights and delicious street food. For only an hour out of Tokyo we ended up spending over 6 hours here and it flew by. The statue was just a bonus to see in person. If you are considering whether to go or not you will not regret Kamakura.
5.0a month ago
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 essentially unchanged for 50+ years, save that they are now available in several metal colors.
3.0a month ago
The Buddha statue is nothing close to great in terms of its size. If you’re looking for the REALLY BIG statues of Buddha, better look elsewhere in the world. The small temple and grounds are nice to take a short walk around if you’re in Kamakura though. The walk leading up from the station is also enjoyable.
5.0a month ago
Was lucky to see this giant bronze statue of the Buddha in a very warm and sunny day in March.
I went in the morning, when it was still not full of people. Very impressing - it is considerate to be a national treasure of Japan. The entrance is 200 JPY, but worth it!
5.04 months 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.
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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.