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Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura)
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Half-Day Kamakura Walking Tour with Kotokuin...
Ranked #5 of 195 things to do in Kamakura
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This nearly 47-foot bronze statue of Amida Buddha is the second largest Buddha statue in Japan.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kamakura is an easy day trip (about 40 minutes) from Tokyo. Once there, we just walked and followed the signs. Pretty easy walk, but quite a ways from the train station. DO NOT take the hiking trail if you are not in shape. Lots of hills and muddy much of the way.

The Great Buddha is very impressive are the grounds surrounding it. There are a few gift shops to get some cheap souvenirs and light snacks.

The town in Kamakura has a lot of shops and restaurants.

Thank kristopherowens
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bored with Tokyo and want to do a day trip close by. Recommend Kamakura! It is only an hour from Tokyo and we felt we were in a countryside. Different ambience.

We asked the hotel for assistance on how to get there. So you should do the same, most hotel staff are friendly and the Japanese are extremely helpful! Always hold your map with you and if you think you are lost, pull out your map and someone will ask if you need help or simply approach someone who looks like they will speak some English. If they think they gave you the wrong directions, they will ran back and redirect you ( happened to us!)

Anyway, to Kamakura, you will have to take the JR train . We stayed at Andaz Tokyo Hyatt and from there it was 800 yen by train to get to Kamakura. Once there, we took a bus ( fare to be paid when you alight and not when you board the bus!). Ask the driver to tell us to get off when we arrived at the Great Buddha. Easy and don’t waste $$$ on joining any day tours.

Thank Virginia O
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely, so impressive. There is a small gelato shop just before you reach the Great Buddha where President Obama stopped for green tea ice cream.

Thank Robin R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not being a Buddhist this didn't mean as much as to a practitioner.

But it is a very impressive brass statue and set in excellent grounds.

You can go inside for 20 yen which seems pointless as I was told there is nothing there

Thank rama1
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pretty touristy, but on one side you can go to Kamakura, and on the other Enoshima, and take the Eno-den to get to both places. It's worth the trip.

Thank Matt H
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