What’s the history of Great Buddha of Kamakura?


Great Buddha of Kamakura is the second largest Buddhist statue in Japan.

The height is 11m excluding the base or 13m including the base.

The weight is about 120 tons.


It is said the first Great Buddha of Kamakura was built in the 13th century.

That was made of wood, but it was destroyed by strong wind.

After the incident, the second one was made of bronze.

Now it is built outside, but it used to be in a building.

Nevertheless, the building was rebuilt after it was destroyed twice by strong wind in the 14th century, it was washed away by Tsunami in the 15th century.

After that, it was abandoned to be rebuilt.

Since then, the Great Buddha has stood outside.

What made the matters worse, the base of the statue was collapsed by the earthquake in the 20th century.

Despite the trouble, it was not fallen down.

After that, the base was restored and the statue was repaired with the then latest technology not to be fallen down by earthquakes.

Now, the head is reinforced by plastic, the base and the statue was renovated to be separated when an earthquake happens.

In Japan, it is important to prepare for earthquakes.


Info about Kotoku-in Temple

Opening Hours

April–September:8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

October–March:8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Entrance Fee

Adults: JPY 200

Students(from 6 to 12 years old): JPY 150



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How to get to the nearest station?

The nearest station is Hase station of Enoden(local small train)

From Shinjuku station

From Shinjuku st to Fujisawa st: Odakyu Odawara Line Rapid Express

From Fujisawa st to Hase st: Enoshima Electric Railway(Enoden)

From Asakusa station

From Asakusa st to Shimbashi st: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line

From Shimbashi st to Kamakura st: JR Yokosuka Line

From Kamakura st to Hase st: Enoshima Electric Railway(Enoden)

From Narita Airport

From Narita Airport to Kamakura st : JR Narita Line Rapid

From Kamakura st to Hase st: Enoshima Electric Railway(Enoden)




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Hotel Info

Pension Green Grass

Plage Yuigahama

Hostel Info

Luna Inn

Villa Sacra

Kamakura Central Guest House