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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5.0a month ago
The most beautiful, serene Buddha in Kamakura and a ‘must’ to anyone visiting. In February 2021 there were about 5 other people visiting on the weekday we went - a truly remarkable experience as there were no tourists. Having lived in Japan for 38 years, again, this sacred and ancient place reminded me of the great beauty to be found in Japan. I was mentally refreshed lost in contemplation.
5.06 months ago
This is a beautiful, historic and peaceful place! The statue is amazing, and sometimes the tourists are gorgeous! Nice place for some impromptu yoga. 😍🙏
5.07 months ago
The monument dates all the way back to 1252.
It’s thought to have been cast in bronze collected from melted Chinese coins, and originally plated with gold.
Only traces of gold leaf remain on the statue’s right cheek, as it has stood in the open air since the temple building was destroyed in the tsunami of September 20, 1492.
5.0a year ago
Highly recommend this buddish temple. It is a sacred place, even not able to understand he language, but it is self explanatory. What you see there you feel the time and it’s history. The pine trees there must be more than hundreds years, and the tombs, the monuments are very antique. You feel very calm while visiting around the place . When you get out of the temple, the surrounding is also very beautiful for a walk and some good coffee with nice attitude services of local people
5.010 months ago
This large Bronze statue of Buddha stands in open air in the city of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan. I had the opportunity to visit this place few times. This Buddha status has a long history. It has survived several storms, Tsunami and earthquake. Inside of the statue is hollow. There are couple of windows on the back side. Visitors can view inside of the statue. Kamakura & Diabutsu (Great Buddha) is nice place to visit
Spot Reviews (2)
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.