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Kōtoku-in, Kamakura

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#1 of 719 in Historic Sites in Kanagawa Prefecture
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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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  • When you think abou Kamakura, the first thing which comes up to your mind is the Kamakura Daibutsu, the big statue of Buddha. It’s such a mystic experience to find yourself in front of “him” due to... 
    When you think abou Kamakura, the first thing which comes up to your mind is the Kamakura Daibutsu, the big statue of Buddha. It’s such a mystic experience to find yourself in front of “him” due to...  more »
  • There’re many shrines and temples in Kamakura and I had a great time walking around and exploring them all. This is the biggest temple in Kamakura. The temple grounds are so calm and peaceful... 
    There’re many shrines and temples in Kamakura and I had a great time walking around and exploring them all. This is the biggest temple in Kamakura. The temple grounds are so calm and peaceful...  more »
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  • Took our family here on New Years Eve to offer our blessings & wishes for good fortune into 2023. You can arrive by train and have a 10 min walk up the main road, littered with cottage style food stops, souvenirs, etc … the road is drivable and there are MANY small paid parking lots before or just past the Buddhist Temple site (around 800 yen) … if you don’t plan to sit & dine … you’ll only need 1 hour to see the grounds and maybe walk around quickly to some shops. Beautiful feel to the small town & the shrine itself. The area around offers much more with beaches, eateries and more sight seeing so don’t get stuck there too long! You must pay to enter & unfortunately still overly stringent COVID rules don’t allow you to walk inside the bronze Buddha statue (comes at extra cost)
  • Awesome Shrine site to visit, plenty of walking and photography. we enjoyed the solemnity of the ancient place. Definitely a must visit Shrine. Walking around is safe and there are plenty of amenities and people are friendly. We discovered hidden shrines and old Japanese houses. the weather was warm and no rain or wind very pleasant time to visit in December - less tourists haha! W very pleased we visited Kotoku-in A very memorable authentic Japanese adventure.

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