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Address: 4-2-28 Hase, Kamakura 248-0016, Kanagawa Prefecture
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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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Very humbling experience visiting Kotokuin. The temple is very serene and calming. It is a nice, maybe 10 minutes, walk from the Hase station. The street is lined with shops and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very humbling experience visiting Kotokuin. The temple is very serene and calming. It is a nice, maybe 10 minutes, walk from the Hase station. The street is lined with shops and places to eat. Maps at the station give a detailed explanation of where things are. You can't go wrong.

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Thank Chuck G
Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I really believe this is an important tourist spot to check out while you're visiting Tokyo, if you have time to take a day trip down to Kamakura. You can easily access this site either walking about 25 minutes from Kamakura Station, or hopping on the Enoden (small train that runs along the coast) at Kamakura Station and exiting at... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is one of the major temples in the Kamakura area. It is located in Hase, which is not far from Kamakura. I suggest you take the Enoden Line to get there if you are in Kamakura. The big Buddha statue is really nice. The surrounding green hills add to the attraction of the temple.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dedicated one full day for this destination and intended to take the Odakyu Romancecar from Shinkuku to Fujisawa Station, hop onto Enoden tram from Fujisawa to Kamakura and drop by some places of interests along the Fujisawa/Kamakura stretch. However, our trip was jeopardised by the past midnight arrival the night before in Tokyo from Sapporo via domestic flight... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Photos make it difficult to convey the size and serenity of this place. Definitely worth a stop and grab some green tea ice cream on your way out.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a simple and pleasant walk from the main JR station. The three story Buddha is the main attraction to the temple, which requires a small admission fee. For an additional fee, you can go inside the Buddha (we didn't opt to go inside - just a little too strange).

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We could go inside the statue and saw the structure inside. It was something unique. Especially it was constructed in 1252, yet seemed like a modern day sculpture. Also it has a serene face. Don't forget that it is also a place of worship too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this place in September 2015 which was the onset of Autumn season. One can enjoy this peaceful sight for hours. Best is to sit under a shade of tree and admire its magnificence. You will also have the privilege of seeing the inside of this magnanimous statue but be mindful of the steps and darkness inside the hollowness.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went there again, but this time we had a special moment, as it was snowing in November !! This place is an energy spot which has no comparison. Please visit in end of March or early April in Sakura (cherry blossom) season, you will love it !

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When autumn reached, Kamakura looked like to change their uniform with wonderful of momiji... You can buy 1 day pass ticket for this occasion with many attactions in Kamakura

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