Kotoku-in Temple (Kamakura Daibutsu)

A Pure Land Buddhist temple founded by the great priest Honen. The 11.3 meter tall, 121 ton giant copper Buddha statue known as the Kamakura Daibutsu, a National Treasure, is the temple’s principal object of worship and depicts a seated Amitabha. The original daibutsu was made of wood and was destroyed by a typhoon. The copper form of the current statue first began to be cast in 1252. This figure, too, was damaged by typhoons and earthquakes but was repaired each time, leading to its current excellent condition. The interior of the statue can be viewed and from here visitors can see evidence of the repairs that have been made.

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Update date:2024.03.02

Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Hase 4-2-28 map map Map
[Gates openHours]
[Apr.- Sep.] 8:00-17:30
[Oct.]8:00-16:30*Entrance until 10 minutes before the gates shut[Goshuin reception hours (temple office)][Weekday]9:00-15:30[SaturdaySundayPublic holidays]9:00- 15:00
open everyday
[Admission fee]
[General, Middle/High school students]300yen
[Elementary school students]150yen

[Admission fee for Daibutsu Womb]
[Extra fee Friday]20yen (per person)
Parking Lot
Not available
※For the disabled parking lotsAvailable
Credit Card
Not available
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Not available
*Visiting in the womb is currently suspended to prevent infection.
Average budget
[Lunch] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
0-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Possible (OK if you put it in the cage)

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  • Pay for the ticket to go into the Buddha
    4.0 Reviewed : 2023.05.04
    Kotoku-in, the Daibutsu (Big Buddha) Temple - the landmark of Kamakura.I took a bus from the train station which is also a bus terminal, in fact several buses go past that area.Had to pay an...
  • Impressive Buddha
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.04.30
    2nd largest Buddha after Nara. More impressive for being outside. Easy to visit on public transport from Tokyo and worth a visit out of the City as a few other temples to visit here
  • Buddha of Kamakura
    4.0 Reviewed : 2023.04.24
    The most famous monument in the Kamakura area is the Buddha statue at Kotoku Temple. This bronze statue, which is almost 12 meters high, was built in 1252. At first, it was inside the temple hall...

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