The Great Buddha of Kamakura, one of the wonders of Japan

In the Japanese city of Kamakura is one of the largest Buddha statues in the world. Specific, the Great Buddha of Kamakura is the second largest sculpture after the Buddha of Tōdai-ji, in Nara. It is, thus, one of the most famous icons in the country. Want to know more about him? Join us!

Some data of the GreatKamakura Buddha

Kamakura Buddha - Petr Meissner /

The Great Buddha of Kamakura is found in the Kōtoku-in temple, and is also often called Daibutsu. Kamakura is an hour from Tokyo, the capital of Japan, and is known for its samurai history. It is a city in which the spirit of traditional Japan persists as in few.

The records available indicate that it was in 1252 when the statue began to be manufactured, specifically during the Kamakura period. But there was a precedent, a statue made of wood apparently destroyed by a storm. That was when the priest Jōkō de Tōtōmi suggested the construction of a new one in bronze.

In the sculpture, the buddha is sitting in the lotus position and his hands are resting on his legs in a gesture of meditation. It is not known exactly who was in charge of its foundry, but it is thought that they were Ōno Gorōemon or Tanji Hisatomo, important artists of the era.

Dimensions of the statue

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The statue weighs about 93 tons, and measures 13.35 meters high. Its large dimensions and the fact that it is hollow inside make it possible to visit the interior.

From its earliest moments it was housed inside a temple, although it was destroyed twice by a storm. And the tsunami of September 20, 1498, finally ended him. Since then, the statue is in an open space, specifically, outside the Pure Land school.

Over time, the huge figure suffered a great deterioration, so it had to be restored several times. Already in the 20th century, what was done was to reinforce it to avoid possible damage caused by earthquakes.

Visiting hours and rates

Hands of the Great Buddha - Justin C. /

The Great Buddha of Kamakura can be visited every day from 6 in the morning to 6 in the afternoon. Although during winter it closes half an hour earlier. The entrance costs 200 yen, which is equivalent to a total of 1.51 euros. Awesome, right? As for the visit inside the Buddha, the entrance is separate and costs a total of 20 yen.

How to get to Kamakura and visit the statue

To get to Kamakura there are several options. I could take the JR Yokosuka line at Tokyo station and get off at Kamakura, or the JR Shgonan Shinjuku line. Another possibility is to use the Enoden train towards Enoshima, which also leads to Kamakura.

When getting off, there are two options: Hase or Kamakura. From the latter, the Great Buddha of Kamakura is 25 minutes walking. On the other hand, there are only 10 minutes from Hase.

What else to see in Kamakura

Hasedera Temple - Alessandro Grussu /

The Kamakura region has a long history behind it. Thus, in the surroundings there are also more temples that are worth visiting. The most recommended are those of Hasedera, dated in 736. And also the Shokozan-Tokeiji temple.

Next to the Great Buddha there is another sanctuary called Zeniarai Benten. It is dug directly into a rock from which a spring springs. It is said that if you wet your money there, you will have a lot of economic success.

"It is better to travel well than to arrive."


There is no doubt that Japan is a place of ancient traditions and legends. We advise you to get carried away by its history, culture and customs to make the most of unforgettable experiences.

As for your visit to the Great Buddha of Kamakura, we advise you only one thing: enjoy nature. Enjoy the mountains and gardens surrounding this immense sculpture that so much peace and serenity inspires those who visit it. You will not regret!

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