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.
5.0a week 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
Incredible to look upon in person. You also feel oddly in peace. A good few eateries around the site but I recommend bringing water during summer too. Stay nutritioned cause it's quite the walk if you're not going there by car.
5.0in the last week
This isn't Japan's "greatest" great Buddha (that's in Nara), but It's still pretty awesome. Plus you can go inside the statue for 20 yen, and see the seams where the separate pieces were joined together.
The route to the statue and the area around it are very crowded. The rest of the Kotokuin (高徳院) temple grounds, not so much, so you can wander around and relax a bit.
4.0a week ago
Well preserved statue despite of several natural catastrophies. Going inside the statue was a bit more informative than seeing it from outside. Google maps were not accurate guiding to the exact location although once you get closer you might be able to see the head of the statue.
5.02 months 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.
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.