Kotoku-in Temple

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Kotoku-in Temple

This is a temple in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, famous for its bronze statue of Buddha. The statue is 11.35 m tall and weighs 121 tons. Currently the statue is in the open air but in the past there was a special hall housing it. You can still see the remains of 56 piles. The hall building was destroyed in the 14th Century by the earthquake and subsequent fire.

The construction of the statue began in 1252 and it is still unknown who was the creator  of it. The original statue completed in 1238 was made of wood but was destroyed by a typhoon, so it was decided to make a bronze one. The statue was also gilded. The pedestal of the statue was damaged by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, so it is being constantly reinforced against  earthquakes.

You can go inside the statue and see the bronze plates that hold it together and its eyes.

Closing time is 17:00 between October and March.


7 minutes from Hase Station on the Enoshima Railway. Alternatively, take the Enoshima Railway Bus or Keikyu Express Bus for around 10 minutes and then get off at “Daibutsu-mae” stop.

Description: Kotoku-in Temple

Sights Kotoku-in Temple (高徳院 )
Address 4-2-28, Hase, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Phone / Fax Phone: 0467-22-0703 / Fax: 0467-22-5051
Duration 30Minutes
Business Hours Monday:08:00-17:30
Admission Fee Pay admission: 200yen
Corresponding Language English
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Kotoku-in Temple