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[Kotoku-in Temple and the Great Buddha of Kamakura]

A temple with the Great Buddha of Kamakura, the symbolic statue of Kamakura, as its principal image

The statue of Amitabha Buddha, also known as the "Great Buddha of Kamakura" and the "Great Buddha of Hase", at the Kotoku-in Temple has an indispensable presence within the Kamakura townscape. With a height including the base of 13.35 meters, this Great Buddha statue has a larger head and is looking down when compared with the statue in Todai-ji Temple in Nara. Over many years, the statue has taken on a muted bronze color, though traces of the color it had when constructed - said to have been a shining gold - remain. Visitors can see the sophisticated casting technology used at the time of construction by entering the interior of the Great Buddha statue.
Address Hase 4-2-28, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Phone +81-467-22-0703 (Japanese only)
Hours April to September: 8:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
October to March: 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Hours of entry to the interior of the Great Buddha statue: 8:00 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.
Opening hours
Temple shop (Office): 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Holidays Open everyday
Admission fee Adults (junior high school age and over) 200 yen
Children (elementary school students) 150 yen
Infants (children under school age) Free
Entry to the interior of the Great Buddha statue
20 yen per person
Access Take the JR Yokohama Line at "Shin-Yokohama Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 12 minutes, and alight at "Yokohama Station". Take the JR Yokosuka Line for approx. 25 minutes, and alight at "Kamakura Station". Take the Enoshima Electric Railway for approx. 5 minutes, alight at "Hase Station" and walk for approx. 7 minutes.
URL http://www.kotoku-in.jp/en/
 
Photo credit Kamakura City Tourist Association

updated on Aug 31, 2017

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