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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kanto - Kamakura
Great Buddha of Kamakura (Daibutsu) 
# 1   of 16 most visited
sights in Kamakura

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The Great Buddha of Kamakura (Kamakura Daibutsu) is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. With a height of 13.35 meters, it is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara's Todaiji Temple.

The statue was cast in 1252 and originally located inside a large temple hall. However, the temple buildings were destroyed multiple times by typhoons and a tidal wave in the 14th and 15th centuries. So, since 1495, the Buddha has been standing in the open air.

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How to get there
The Great Buddha is located a 5-10 minute walk from Hase Station, the third station from Kamakura along the Enoden railway line. The Enoden is a streetcar-like train that connects Kamakura with Enoshima and Fujisawa. Its terminal station in Kamakura is located just next of JR Kamakura Station.

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Hours and Fees
Kotokuin Temple
Hours:8:00 to 17:30 (until 17:00 from October to March)
Closed:No closing days
Admission:200 yen

Statue Interior
Hours:8:00 to 16:30
Closed:No closing days
Admission:20 yen

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English Links
Kotokuin Temple
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Japanese Links
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