Buddhist temple in Kamakura

Updated: June 02, 2024 04:31 PM

Kotoku-in is located in Kamakura (City in Japan), Japan. It's address is 4 Chome-2-28 Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0016, Japan.

4 Chome-2-28 Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0016, Japan

8G8P+P7 Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan

+81 467-22-0703

Check Time Table for Kotoku-in

Monday8 AM to 5 PM
Tuesday8 AM to 5 PM
Wednesday8 AM to 5 PM
Thursday8 AM to 5 PM
Friday8 AM to 5 PM
Saturday8 AM to 5 PM
Sunday8 AM to 5 PM

Questions & Answers

Where is Kotoku-in?

Kotoku-in is located at: 4 Chome-2-28 Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0016, Japan.

What is the phone number of Kotoku-in?

You can try to calling this number: +81 467-22-0703

What are the coordinates of Kotoku-in?

Coordinates: 35.3168145, 139.5357442

Kotoku-in Reviews

2024-05-21 22:28:00 GMT

The ticket is 300 yen per person.

Overall, it takes about half an hour for this place.

The Big Buddha is magnificent. Apparently you can queue up to go inside the Buddha statue as well.

There are cute souvenir shops around, the garden surrounding the Shrine is beautiful and peaceful.


This is one of the main highlights of Kamakura 👍🏻

Eric 唐Tang 劭聿
2024-05-23 01:11:19 GMT

We knew about this national treasure the biggest Buddha statue in Japan...there are over 800 years of history of this statue if I remembered correctly....yes it is very stunning and this is one of the landmarks of Kamakura...this is one of the ancient capitals of Japan...such an amazing place to visit.

Avedon Arcade
2024-05-21 05:56:18 GMT

Honestly it’s hard to give this anything less than 5 stars. Why would you? Whether it’s packed with tourists or really only the Buddha that’s there to see, it is an incredible sight to see.
Up until now, I’ve only ever seen such wonders in books or on tv. So to look upon a monument such as this in person, is definitely both awe inspiring and humbling.

This isn’t a movie set or a statue built recently. Well over 500 years old, it’s a testament to devotion.
It’s an easy walk to from any of the main roads in Kamakura and well worth a quick stop to marvel at it (and its giant clogs on the wall). You can even pay 5 yen to go inside and see how it was built.

Jesse Bowlen
2024-03-30 11:48:14 GMT

Beautiful sight to see in Kamakura. 200 yen to enter the temple grounds and 50 yen to enter the Buddha statue itself. Large crowds on the weekends especially in the spring when the cherry blossoms are starting to bloom. Overall a must see experience.

Rishi Adhikari
2024-01-19 12:40:27 GMT

Nice view.
Beautiful statue.
Free parking not available.
Even paid parkings are hard to find since all the spots are already packed.
Loved walking on the streets.
Delicious foods available.
Varieties of shops.
Actual park is not so very spacious.
You just enter the gate and there is a big statue and that’s all. It took almost 3 hours to reach there for us and it all ended in like less than 15 minutes.
Not bad for first timers.
Lovable environment and streets but personally,I am not so very satisfied.

Alvin Chai
2024-04-17 13:34:33 GMT

What a beautiful statue of Buddha that is so magnificent. A must visit if you’re in the area. Toilet is clean and there is some seating area under shade by the back if you need a rest. Unfortunately it is not very wheelchair friendly with all the stairs.

Ardith Telewik
2024-04-05 08:54:01 GMT

This is the famous "sitting buddha" that can be found here in Kanagawa. It is called "The Great Buddha Kamakura" consideres as a national treasure. You can see it in Kotoku-in. Many tourists are coming over especially during the spring season cause we can also see some cherry blossom trees in full-bloom.

Tomoki Tazawa
2024-04-08 06:06:50 GMT

It’s a peaceful and historical place. Washroom and accessibility is good. Buddha statute was so big with beautiful cherry blossoms.

Min HL
2023-12-31 03:25:20 GMT

30 Dec 2023 Arrived at 1054AM

Ticket Purchase Experience:
No queue for the ticket, got the ticket very fast and could enter immediately with no queue

Please refrain from bringing your pets in with you.

Attraction Experience
Only key attraction is the HUGE Bronze Statue of Great Buddha cast in 1252 A.D. It is formidable how long it lasted, withstanding the damage from nature and how much care they took to maintain the statue.

You are able to purchase incense for 100 yen. Goshuin is available for those who are interested, with a waiting time of 10 mins. There is a scenic garden behind that is pretty as well.

Quite a lot of people but not crowded to the extent it is so packed you need to squeeze through.

Alessandra Bellini
2023-12-30 16:28:15 GMT

This is undoubtedly a very famous park and usually very crowded. The Buddha structure can be visited from the inside, but only in a small part (not at the top). There are many souvenir shops and a beautiful garden in the courtyard behind the Buddha. There are also some well-kept public toilets with sound controls too, crazy!

Kenneth Lai
2024-01-08 02:58:51 GMT

Visiting Tokyo's Kotoku-in during the New Year was a remarkable experience. The site, enveloped in a serene forest, exuded a tranquil and spiritual atmosphere. As a historical landmark, it offered a deep connection to Japan's rich heritage. The availability of a friendly English guide made the visit more insightful. Additionally, the nearby restaurants served exquisite cuisine, complementing the day's experience. Kotoku-in is a captivating blend of history, spirituality, and natural beauty.

Christopher Leong
2024-02-26 04:27:43 GMT

Beautiful location, especially on a clear day.
There's an entrance fee.
Short walk from the tram station. Easy to access from Kamakura Bus station as well.
Has a garden, park.
Can get very crowded. (We left as it started getting crowded)
Try to come during a period where the sun faces the statue.
A small entrance fee to enter the inside of the statue.
Path is pram friendly. Souvenir shop just outside.

Tobias Lass
2023-11-22 07:25:53 GMT

It's mainly just the big buddha statue, the rest of the temple is honestly not very interesting. I think it's still worth to visit though as the statue is very imposing. The grounds vast and you can see it from afar. There are windows in the back and usually you can enter the statue but it was closed due to heat when I visited in summer. Overall great experience.

Dan P
2024-01-26 06:22:00 GMT

My latest trip to Japan was as much about embracing spirituality as it was enjoying downtime at the end of a very long and arduous work year. Speaking of work, the universe was certainly at work the day we visited the Daibutsu in Kamakura.

The day was full of sun and warmth, with an unbelievably blue sky, providing calm and allowing internal reflection and peaceful solitude despite the tourists. We arrived as a group but each of us seemingly found our own path to tread during our visit as we spent some time here.

I actually went inside the Daibutsu to contemplate on my own thoughts. It can be a little claustrophobic for some but I took just a quiet moment for myself before rejoining my companions in the grounds.

An interesting scenery aspect on the visit was the large green trees which seem to be a topiary Japanese dragon with a long body. I could be wrong, maybe it was just my mindset for the forthcoming year, but I definitely saw a dragon.

This was a great spiritual start to our trip and set us all on the right path for enjoyable experiences to come .

Elena Kürsteiner
2024-03-14 15:26:15 GMT

The city is busy and offers something for everyone Tempels are spread long distance from each other,so Start your Journey from Tokio Early Enaught .The Big Buddha is Wonderful. Also many Tempels. So food and Rents of 👘 Kimonos 😊.

2024-03-12 00:25:51 GMT

It's very crowded but it's very nice and impressive to see this if you are in Kamakura.
The entry is ¥300/adult and ¥150/child.
There are toilets if needed.

Shweta Patil
2024-05-15 14:04:46 GMT

Kotoku Buddhist Temple is a serene and beautiful sanctuary, perfect for a peaceful escape. The intricate architecture and well-maintained grounds offer a glimpse into rich cultural history. The staff and monks are welcoming and knowledgeable, enhancing the visit with their insights. The Great Buddha statue is truly awe-inspiring. A must-visit for anyone seeking tranquility and spiritual reflection.

2024-01-27 21:24:20 GMT

Visited Kotoku-in, and the sheer size of the bronze Daibutsu was impressive! The Great Buddha is over 11 metres tall and weighs over 120 tons. Even with plenty of tourists there, it still felt very peaceful. We went inside the Daibutsu for a small fee, you can't stay long as it's very hot. A highlight of our Japan trip.

Shane Khan
2023-11-19 16:55:02 GMT

we went there on a saturday afternoon, the wait to get in was quicker than we expected, so it's all good.
there's a small entrance fee of ¥300 for adults (and lesser for children if i remember correctly), and then another ¥50 if you want to go in the statue! something we found out about only when we got there.
there are also 2 souvenir shops, one near the entrance and one inside. they also sell omamoris inside to the side of the statue.
there were a lot of people at that time of the day, it didn't bother us that much but if you want pictures of the statue without the crowds then i think it'd be better to go there earlier in the day.
the place is also just a bus ride from kamakura station, and it's just across the bus stop (大仏前) which is pretty good. the closest train station is also a walkable distance.

Stefan Hiebl
2024-03-31 15:49:57 GMT

Very pleasurable experience! Not that long of a wait and not too many people there. We got our stamp in our book and also bought some fortunes!
It was fun to know that this Buddha is in a German book for religion taught in schools :)
This place is definitely worth a visit!

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Kamakura officially Kamakura City is a city of Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan. It is located in the Kanto region on the island of Honshu. source

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