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
We guide this spot.
5.02 months ago
Stunning and larger-than-life. Very affordable admission, easy to find, friendly and helpful staff who will even help you take photos if you ask!
One of the most beautiful attractions in Japan, and very close to Tokyo. Check it out!
5.0a month ago
Reaching the venue might take some times, as it is located around 1,5 hours by bus from Tokyo.
However... We may find a very strong Japanese cultural vibes here. Very good scenery along our way to get into the shrine makes the long walk seems to be so enjoyable.
Vending machines, rest rooms, food stall are available in many corner of the venue. Souvenir shops are well located in several places with various kind of typical shrines unique souvenirs collection.
There is group of japanese volunteers for visitor groups, not really sure how to get their contact. But surprisingly they are unpaid staffs with very good English speaking personality. They are willing to share the whole important stories of the venue, shrines interesting spots, relevant historical information as well as the comprehensive stories of it.
They even provide handcrafted souvenir to deliver for each group participants. They made it by themselves only for giving memorable visit to us.
Well... Visiting here was so worthed out that we may spend the whole day exploring the historical city with many interesting tourism objects nearby.
My deep respect to the people, especially to the group of volunteers for Kamakura visit. They are doing very good job for humanity and well-said story telling of the shrine.
5.02 months ago
I'd highly recommend to visit it during the sunset. The sun really plays an impressive game and there isn't as much as tourists as at noon. I even managed to take a few pics without people!
5.03 months ago
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!
5.05 months 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.
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.