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Kōtoku-in, Kamakura

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 Big Buddha in Kamakura is the most famous Buddha in the country. The height of the bronze Buddha is 11m heavy, 122 tonnes can be visited in the Lord.
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  • Nothing more to be said about this beautiful statue, it's amazing. Just like everything, if you come early it will be a better experience, but you can't do everything early, I would advise doing this ...  more »
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  • This was a beautiful place to go and visit. I got the train from Tokyo and it was about a 15 minute walk following some fellow good signage from the station. It was very popular with tourists so there were a lot of people there. The gardens of lovely when we were there the trees were in blossom. You were also able for a very small fee to go inside the giant Buddha.
  • A reasonable and interesting place to spend half an hour to an hour of your time. Keep in mind that the temple doesn't have that much beyond the Buddha statue. History: The bronze Buddha was built in the 1200s in a big temple hall. A tsunami in the 1400-1500s swept away the temple hall, but the Buddha remained standing. A few more storms and such continued to corrode the surroundings of the Buddha, but the Buddha stands strong still. There have been reconstructive work throughout the years to help preserve the Buddha after mayhem. The Buddha is the second largest in Japan, after the largest in Nara. You can pay a bit extra to enter the inside of the Buddha, which shows you some of the restorative work that has been put into the Buddha, along with the original engineering used to build the Buddha. The inside is pretty small but it's decently interesting. Price: 200 yen for entrance fee per adult, and once you're in there's an option to pay 20 yen per person to enter the inside of the Buddha statue.
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