Kamakura itself is a beautiful, peaceful place with lots of quaint shops and food stalls. The Buddha is within small gardens and is incredibly impressive. It towers over the area. For a tiny fee you can go inside the Buddha and see the internal structure....More
Best is to travel by metro train (JR). You can board JR from Sakuragicho station. As far as train tickets are concerned, it's better to have the train pass (Suica or any other). It can be obtained from the ticket machines... More
Best is to travel by metro train (JR). You can board JR from Sakuragicho station. As far as train tickets are concerned, it's better to have the train pass (Suica or any other). It can be obtained from the ticket machines deployed at the station itself. Get it for 1000 yen, of which 500 yen would be deducted as the security deposit (which is refundable when you return the card on your departure from Japan). You can refer the following path to reach The Great Buddha. 1. Board the train from Sakuragicho station at the Negishi Line to reach Ofuna station. I think it runs from platform number 3. 2. Get off the train at Ofuna Station. Board the train from Ofuna station at Yokosuka line to reach Kamakura station. 3. Get off the train at Kamakura station. Board the train from here at the Enoshima Dentetsu Line to reach Hase station. 4. Get off the train at Hase station. You have to walk from here for about 650m to reach Great Buddha. Don't worry about getting lost at all. Google maps works way better here and most importantly, Japanese people are very helpful. Note: 1. Reacharge Suica with enough yen before commencing your journey as you will find that most of the places accept Suica for any purchase. Do carry some amount of cash as well. 2. Have a working internet connection on your cellular device along with the google maps app. It's way too useful too not get lost. 3. If you like to walk, you can reach the Great Buddha from Kamakura Station itself. It's about 1.2 km from there. As weather is good most of the time in Jaoan, you won't feel uncomfortable. Hope this helps. Have a wonderful stay in Japan.