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Great Buddha of Kamakura

A large statue of Amida Nyorai
watching over the historic town of Kamakura.
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Great Buddha of Kamakura
Kamakura is the birthplace of the first feudal government in Japan's history, "Kamakura Bakufu." It was the first government led by the shogun and samurai warriors. Just like other old cities such as Kyoto and Nara, there are many historic shrines and temples in Kamakura that are worth a visit. The most conspicuous of all is the seated statue of Amira-Nyorai (Amitabha Buddha), widely known as the Great Buddha of Kamakura, at Kotokuin Temple. The symbol of Kamakura and a designated National Treasure, the statue is 11.3 meters (37 ft.) high. The statue, built about 750 years ago, possesses a very important value in the history of Buddhism Art. You can enter the inside of the statue -- looking outside from the eyes of Buddha will give you a valuable experience.
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4-2-28 Hase, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa

Access from major landmarks

Tokyo Station - Hase Station
・Approx. 50 minutes from Tokyo Station to Kamakura Station via JR Yokosuka Line
・Change to Enoshima Line at Kamakura Station, then go to Hase Station. Approx. 7 minutes walk from Hase Station.

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