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
Truly stunning! To be honest, I loved it way more than the biggest Japanese Buddha in Nara. I loved it because it’s not inside a building, so it feels more genuine! I would raccomando going also inside the structure, it’s very cheap and it’s an experience (even though it was boiling hot the day I visited, so going inside was like a sauna)
Also loved the huge flip flops!
5.0a week ago
Beautiful place, the Buddha and the Shrines around are so peaceful and full of energy, many people wander around but everyone is respectful and quiet. The details of the Buddha are incredible. There’s a souvenir shop if you want to buy presents for the people who were not fortunate to travel to Japan with you.
5.0a month ago
super cheap entrance fee among all places in Japan. Peaceful environment and when I saw the Buddha statue, I feel different. is a must go scenery if you travel to Kamakura. it wont spare you too much time. Just have a quick look to the Buddha! you'll be sanitized! its amazing!
There are shops for souvenirs and you should find something good for you and your friends.
5.0in the last week
The main street leading to the Great Buddha is lined with interesting and traditional souvenir shops, cafes and Japanese restaurants. The Great Buddha is awesome and spectacular! Kamakura is an elegant town full of nostalgic vibes.
3.02 weeks ago
Most popular one day trip from Tokyo. Buddha seems great but there are definitely more impressive ones (Nara, for example). Be sure to come early to avoid the crowds. Specially in the town.
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.