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.
Tours To Kōtoku-in
Kamakura Highlights Tour with Tea Ceremony and Enoshima Bay Drive from Tokyo BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $118
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
Half-Day Kamakura Walking Tour with Kotokuin (Great Buddha) BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $112
Duration: 5 hours
Don’t expect to much since this is a shrine but it’s a great site. Cost ¥300 to enter. Could do solo or like minded friends more »
A very easy train trip to see one of the sights I remembered best from living in Japan may years ago. Logistics are easy and well marked--you need to take a private private train 3 stops from the JR.... 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.
Probably one of the most famous landmarks in the area．Budda's statue is big. Admission is required, but I'm seeing many visitors especially non locals ignored and managed to get in without paying admissions. This place isn't free attraction for foreigners, it's rather a holly place for those in good faith. Please use your common sense when you're visiting here. (or anther places)
Places to stay near Kōtoku-in
Plan your trip to Kamakura
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all ›
Side trips from Kamakura
View all ›
Hidden gems in Kamakura
Shopping in Kamakura
Plans to Kōtoku-in by other users
16 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in Tokyo BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 17 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in Japan BY A USER FROM BAHAMAS June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Tokyo BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium