Kotoku-in – Kanagawa | Travel Information

Daibutsu at Kotoku-in

The Great Buddha at Kamakura, is Japan’s second largest bronze Buddha Statue, which stands at 13.35m (44ft), only following behind the Buddha Statue at Nara’s Todai-ji by a few short meters. The Kamakura Daibutsu (Meaning Great Buddha), is one of the most iconic features of Japan and the Kanagawa Prefecture. As such, the temple which holds the Great Buddha of Kamakura is quite popular at most times. 

The statue is believed to weigh an incredible 121 tonnes. 

This statue at Kamakura dates back to 1252 – according to the records of the Kotoku-in temple, where it was first cast inside the temple main worship hall. Originally, it plated in gold, but following  Tsunami and typhoons in the 14th and 15th centuries, the gold leaf foil is mostly all gone. The temple main worship hall where it once was located inside is long gone, as a result of the storms and typhoons that removed the gold foil exterior. Since the Tsunami in 1498, the statue has stood in open air.

Hours and Admission

  • Hours: 8:00am - 5:30pm (5:00pm from October through March)
  • 200JPY
  • Average Time Spent:
  • Official Website

Access

The Kotoku-in Temple and Great Buddha, is located only a short train ride away from Kamakura Station. 

By taking the Enoden Railway Line, the  journey from Kamakura Station to Hase Station will take 5 minutes, and a further 10 minutes of walking from Hase Station.  The journey will cost 190JPY for one way.

Where To Stay

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Nearby Attractions

Yokohama Chinatown

The Yokohama Chinatown is the largest Chinatown in all of Japan, beating out the two other famous Chinatowns – Kobe and Nagasaki. Roughly 160 years ago, the Yokohama Chinatown was founded following the opening of the Yokohama Port to foreign trade and migration which saw many Chinese immigrants flocking to the area in 1859.

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