Highlights and access methods of The Great Buddha of Kamakura (Kanagawa Prefecture)

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Kotoku-in, known as the Kamakura Daibutsu (Great Buddha), is a temple located in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, and is characterized by a large Buddha statue. This Great Buddha is a copper statue of Shaka Nyorai, about 11.3 meters high and weighing approximately 121 tons, and is designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. Visitors can enter the inside of the Great Buddha and see its structure up close.

In this article, we will explain the attractions of The Great Buddha of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture and how to access it for those who are traveling to Japan from overseas.

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(Prefecture : Kanagawa , Category : Historical Buildings)

Highlights of The Great Buddha of Kamakura

The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a very valuable "Douzou Amida Nyorai Zazou" that retains almost all of its original appearance and is designated as a National Treasure. It is 11.31 m high (13.35 m including the pedestal) and weighs approximately 121 tons. The Kamakura Daibutsu is the second largest bronze statue of Buddha, dating from the 13th century. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Kanto region due to its size and iconic appearance as a bronze statue of Buddha.

On the back of the Great Buddha are two windows that were opened during the casting process to remove the clay and molds from the interior. The Great Buddha of Kamakura can be viewed from inside the womb, and these windows allow light to enter the statue.

In the vicinity of the Great Buddha of Kamakura, there are various historical attractions, such as large straw sandals dedicated by children in the immediate postwar period with the wish that the Great Buddha would travel around Japan and bring happiness to all people, and "Kangetsudo" which was built in a royal palace in Korea in the mid-15th century and later donated and moved to Japan.

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Address and access method of The Great Buddha of Kamakura

The address of Kamakura Daibutsuden Kotokuin is 4-2-28 Hase, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture. The nearest station is Hase Station on the Enoden Line. It is about a 7-minute walk from the station.

Attractions near The Great Buddha of Kamakura

Several notable attractions are located near The Great Buddha of Kamakura:

Hasedera Temple
A stunning temple located a short distance from the Great Buddha, known for its massive wooden statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The temple's terraced gardens offer breathtaking views of the city and the sea, especially beautiful during the hydrangea season in June.

Yuigahama Beach
This is a popular sandy beach located along the coast of Kamakura. It's an ideal location for swimming, surfing, or just relaxing on the sand. During the summer, beach houses open up along the shore, offering food, drinks, and rental services for visitors.

Komachi Street
A vibrant shopping street located near Kamakura Station. The street is lined with a wide array of shops and restaurants offering local delicacies, souvenirs, and traditional craft items.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
One of the most important Shinto shrines in Kamakura, featuring beautiful gardens, museums, and a stunning view of the city from the top. The shrine is particularly beautiful during the cherry blossom season in early April.

Other information about The Great Buddha of Kamakura

Official site about The Great Buddha of Kamakura :


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( Written by Tatsuo Ikura )