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  • Address: Hase, 4-2-28, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

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Kotokuin (Great Buddha of Kamakura) Tours

The 47-foot (14-meter) tall bronze Buddha statue of Kotokuin (Great Buddha of Kamakura) is only the second tallest statue of Buddha in Japan though likely the most recognizable.

The seated figure is that of Amitabha Buddha, worshipped by Japanese Buddhists as a deity of salvation. The statue was completed in 1252 after the site’s previous wooden Buddha and its hall were damaged in a tsunami in 1248. Hundreds of years later, you can still see traces of the original gold leafing. The identity of the artist who cast the statue remains a mystery.

The temple of Kotokuin where the Buddha statue resides falls under the Jodo Sect of Buddhism, the most widely practiced branch of the religion in Japan. While the Great Buddha is the real draw, visitors can tour the temple grounds to see the four bronze lotus petals originally cast as part of a pedestal for the Buddha, as well as the cornerstones of the hall that originally sheltered the statue.

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Kamakura and Tokyo Bay Day Trip from Tokyo, Tokyo, null
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Kamakura and Tokyo Bay Day Trip from Tokyo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 288 Reviews

Explore the countryside outside Tokyo on a guided day trip to Kamakura and Enoshima. You’ll see the Great Buddha of Kamakura, and tour ancient temples and ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $116.01
Private Full-Day Kamakura Tour of Tokyo and Hokoku-ji Temple, Tokyo, Day Trips
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Private Full-Day Kamakura Tour of Tokyo and Hokoku-ji Temple

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Kamakura is a beautiful seaside city with many historical sites and takes just an hour by local train from Tokyo. In this full-day tour, you'll visit three ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $310.90
Private Half-Day Kamakura with Kotokuin (Great Buddha) from Tokyo, Tokyo, Day Trips
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Private Half-Day Kamakura with Kotokuin (Great Buddha) from Tokyo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Your guide will take you on a concise tour of Kamakura, a delightful, historical city with many important and famous Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. It ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.29
Half-Day Tour of Kamakura from Tokyo, Tokyo, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Half-Day Tour of Kamakura from Tokyo

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Your guide will take you on a concise tour of Kamakura, a delightful, historical city with many important and famous Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. It ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $250.58
One Day Tour of Kamakura from Tokyo, Tokyo, Day Trips
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One Day Tour of Kamakura from Tokyo

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Kamakura is a delightful, historical city with Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. It takes less than one hour from Tokyo. In addition, Kamakura is known for ...  Read more

Location: Kamakura, Japan
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $310.90
Kamakura local student private customized full day tour!, Kamakura, Day Trips
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Kamakura local student private customized full day tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

We are students from local high school in Kamakura!! We would love to show you around our favorite place where are both sightseeing spots and backstreets ...  Read more

Location: Kamakura, Japan
Duration: 3 to 6 hrs

From USD $30.00
Private Kamakura Tour from Tokyo Metro Area Full Day, Tokyo, Full-day Tours
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Private Kamakura Tour from Tokyo Metro Area Full Day

Experience the spectacular sight of the 800 years old bronze Great Buddha Statue at Kotoku-in on this exciting day adventure. Other sites that will be visited ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $2,105.08
Half-Day Kamakura Walking Tour with Kotokuin (Great Buddha), Kamakura, Cultural Tours
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Half-Day Kamakura Walking Tour with Kotokuin (Great Buddha)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Kamakura where ‘Kamakura shogunate’ is the first Japanese Samurai administration had started has a lot of historical temples, shrines, and other historic ...  Read more

Location: Kamakura, Japan
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.01
Private Kamakura Custom Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle from Tokyo, Tokyo, Walking Tours
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Private Kamakura Custom Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle from Tokyo

By booking this private tour of Kamakura by chartered vehicle, you can explore the city on a day trip from Tokyo with your group of family or friends in a ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $899.71

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