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Kōtoku-in, Kamakura

#1 of 715 in Historic Sites in Kanagawa Prefecture
Must see · Religious Site · Landmark
Admire the monumental statue of Kōtoku-in, one of the largest Buddha figures in Japan. The towering bronze statue dates back to the 13th century and sits outside a Buddhist temple in the small town of Kamakura. Enjoy the view of the 13.3 m (43.8 ft) tall Amitabha Buddha, an imposing sight dominating peaceful temple grounds. For a small fee, you can venture inside the hollow statue to see the elaborate structural work that makes up this gargantuan monument. Using our custom trip planner, Kamakura attractions like Kōtoku-in can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The Buddha isn’t that huge, although it is very old and full of history. It is also very far from the train station, need to walk 20 mins to reach. It’s slow as full of tourist and very crowded. It...  more »
  • Very much a highlight of anyone's visit to Kamakura. Not the largest buddha in Japan but it is very much a magnificent serene statue. It is located in a wonderful temple setting. We visited...  more »
  • The Buddha is very impressive. And the grounds are lovely too. A good short hour or two should by enough time to take in the experience. It was not too expensive to enter, compared with other temples, so that was great. You can enter inside the buddha from the back to see how it was created. All in all, fun, and beautiful.
  • It is always good to spend sometime here to get some fresh air with the spiritual ambiance. Not far from the station, this place is suitable for family visit, to get a good photos, and to learn about Japanese Buddhism. Garden is located behind the statue, and there is an entrance fee.

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