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Address: 4-2-28 Hase, Kamakura 248-0016, Kanagawa Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 467-22-0703
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This nearly 47-foot bronze statue of Amida Buddha is the second largest...

This nearly 47-foot bronze statue of Amida Buddha is the second largest Buddha statue in Japan.

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Kamakura and Tokyo Bay Day Trip from Tokyo
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Day trip from Tokyo and worth the walk from the station to see the great Buddha. It is massive, set in lovely grounds . You can go inside but not much to see. Circular walk via... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Day trip from Tokyo and worth the walk from the station to see the great Buddha. It is massive, set in lovely grounds . You can go inside but not much to see. Circular walk via the seafront makes for a good day out.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came to Kamakura for the afternoon and this was definitely the highlight. This Buddha is beautiful and you really do feel a sense of tranquility around it. The Buddha is signposted well from Kamakura rail station, it's about a 20min walk from there.

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Miyazaki, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Colorful leaves enhanced the beauty of the place. I think Autumn is the best season to visit there. Around end of November is the best time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The great Buddha is great to see you can take nice pictures with your friends and have fun with it, there is also gift shops around other then that there isn't much to see, I would not pay the fee to enter the Buddha as u can't see nothing there is only a text saying how and when it was... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice atmosphere, but there are many other Buddha's statues and temples that excite. Little mystical and very touristic!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Seeing the Big Buddha was a highlight of my stay in Kamakura. It really is BIG. Just to sit and take in the magical structure and if your a Yogi like me you can take advantage of doing some yoga poses.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'd definitely recommend adding on a day trip to Kamakura to your Tokyo itinerary! This buddha is massive, and just awe inspiring. You can also pay a small fee (I think 20 Yen) to go inside of the Buddha. There's not much to see inside - it's quite dark - but it's so cheap that I'd still recommend checking it... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having gone through a couple of rounds around Asia and seen big Buddhas in Nepal/Tibet, this was more of "just another statue". Nevertheless, if this is your first trip to Japan and do not stop in Kyoto, this place nice to experience the temple atmosphere of Japan. The Buddha statue is definitely big and a good photo-op for your stop... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Here we go! The Great Buddha in Kamakura one of the most visited spot in Kamakura. This huge statue stands in the middle of a forest and it's something that leaves you breathless when you see it in front of you! The entrance fee to the site is only ¥300 and to enter the Buddha is only ¥20, one of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This temple is lovely, and the huge Buddha has a powerful grounding presence. A lovely place to stroll or meditate.

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