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The Great Buddha statue (Daibutsu) of Kamakura

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The Daibutsu (Great Buddha) is maybe the most famous landmark of Kamakura and it is the second highest state uf Buddha (Amida Buddha) in Japan after the one of Nara.
The statue is precisely 13,35 m high and reaches a weight of 121 tonnes.

It is located inside the Kotokuin Temple, a temple that has nothing special to be reported in addition to the the statue, probably if there wasn't the Daibutsu, it would have very few visitors.
kotokuin temple kamakura kotokuin temple kamakura kotokuin temple kamakura some details within the Temple Kotokuin
The admission to the temple (and therefore also to the statue) is 200 yen, opening hours 8-17:30, 8-17 from october to march.
You can also visit the interior of the statue paying further 20 yen.

The construction date of today's Daibutsu is rather uncertain, the most likely date is 1252.
Originally it was not located outside like now, but inside a building that was destroyed and rebuilt several times, until its final destruction by a tsunami in 1498. Since that time the statue is located outdoor as we can see it today.
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daibutsu kamakura face daibutsu kamakura The Daibutsu in all its splendor (click on photos to see them in high resolution)
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How to get to the Daibutsu and map

You can reach this important place of Kamakura on foot from Kamakura station (it is about 1,7 km far), taking the west exit of the station and helping you with a map or just following the directions in Japanese/English, or by train taking the Enoshima Electric Railway (Enoden) line, getting off at Hase station (190 yen, 5 minutes) and then walking about 800m north.

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Guided tours, activities and other things to do

If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to add something special besides the visit of the different monuments and famous places, we suggest you to use the site Govoyagin. This is a very useful site to enrich your travel experience, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan and, for language barriers and more, and you will not have many opportunities to interact with the locals and to enjoy something different from the famous places marked in the tourist guides.

What Govoyagin is

Govoyagin is a website where you can find many particular activities all over Japan (and not only in Japan).
You can buy tickets online for some famous attractions, but also book tours and really special experiences with locals ready to guide you and take you to places outside the tourist circuits that you would hardly ever find by yourself. Last but not least, you can reserve a table in hundreds of restaurants.

Some examples

On Govoyagin you can buy tickets in advance to visit the Tokyo Tower or the Tokyo Sky Tree, but also book guided tours of Kyoto temples accompanied by a samurai, or to go around the streets of Osaka on a go-kart dressed as Super Mario, or even play videogames against an unbeatable Japanese otaku at his place.
Last but not least, if you need to reserve your table in some restaurants, such as the legendary 3-star Michelin, also in this case you can find this kind of service for sale on Govoyagin. Take a look at Govoyagin

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