The Great Buddha of Kamakura (q啧, Kamakura Daibutsu) is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. With a height of 11.4 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.

Access

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 & 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
Page last updated: April 19, 2016