Great Buddha of Kamakura

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Important Notice

The Great Buddha will be covered up by scaffolding for cleaning and inspection from January 13, 2016 to March 10, 2016. It cannot be seen or entered during this period.

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.

Get There and Around

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.

How to get to and around Kamakura

Hours and Fees

Kotokuin Temple


8:00 to 17:30 (until 17:00 from October to March)


No closing days


200 yen

Statue Interior


8:00 to 16:30


No closing days


20 yen
Last updated: February 12, 2014
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Ideal for touring Kamakura. 2 min walk from Fujisawa Sta. of JR, Enoshima Dentetsu and Odakyu. Bicycle rent, internet , restaurant, laundry, kitchen available.