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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 do something more than just visiting famous places and monuments, we suggest you to use Govoyagin.

How to use Govoyagin

Govoyagin is a very useful website to enrich your travel experience, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan.
Because of the language barrier (and more), in Japan it is very difficult to interact with the locals and to get off the tourist track.
Thanks to Govoyagin you can find a lot of interesting and sometimes unique guided tours and activities all over Japan (and not only in Japan), that you would otherwise never be able to enjoy.
But there's more: on Govoyagin you can also buy tickets for several famous attractions, events, transportation and other useful services for tourists. Last but not least, you can reserve a table in hundreds of restaurants.

Some examples



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