The statue commonly known as Kamakura Daibutsu (Great Buddha of Kamakura),
a colossal copper image of Amida-butsu (Amitabha Buddha), is the principle image of Kotoku-in.
The fact that it sits in the open air makes it unusual amongst large Buddha statues in Japan.
4-2-28, Hase, Kamakura,
Kanagawa Prefecture 248-0016, Japan
A handicapped parking area is pre-booking. (Reservation here) For others, please use the nearby parking lot.
No reservation required
8：00 a.m.–5：30 p.m.
8：00 a.m.–5：00 p.m.
Visitors may enter up to 15 minutes before the temple closes.
●To enter the interior of
the Great Buddha statue
8：00 a.m.–4：30 p.m.
Visitors may enter up to 10 minutes before closing time.
●Temple shop (office)
8：30 a.m.–4：45 p.m. (year-round)
●Acceptance of official temple commemorative seals (office)
Handwritten seals for seal book 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Printed seals 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
|General admission||300 yen|
|Child admission (age 6-12)||150 yen|
|Fee to enter the interior of
the Great Buddha statue
|Additional 50 yen per person|
No charge for children under six.
Please click here to see which visitors qualify for free admission to the temple and the interior of the Great Buddha.
●Zeniarai Benten (Ugafuku-jinja Shrine)
About 30 minutes’ walk from Kotoku-in
●Kuzuharagaoka-Daibutsu Hiking Trails
About 10 minutes’ walk from Kotoku-in
About 15 minutes’ walk from Kotoku-in
Kamakura City Tourism Division website
●Hase Kannon (Hase-dera Temple)
About 5 minutes’ walk from Kotoku-in
Hase-dera Temple official website
Please check here for information on eating and drinking on the temple grounds.
Wheelchair users should, as far as possible, be accompanied by a helper, as some areas on the temple grounds are difficult for wheelchair users on their own. There is one wheelchair-accessible restroom facility (unisex) on the grounds.
Visitors with pets may enter the grounds only if their pet is in a pet cage or carrier. Except for service dogs, no dogs on leashes may be walked on the grounds.
SMOKING is not permitted anywhere on the temple grounds.
When taking photos on the grounds for commercial use, please obtain the templeʼ s permission beforehand. Download the application form from the website, fill out and sign the form, and submit it to the temple office. Visitors are free to take photos for personal use as they wish. But we ask all visitors to refrain from flying drones in the precincts and using selfie sticks in the interior of the statue. There are no professional photographers on duty at the temple.
The templeʼ s cycle parking lot is for bicycles and mopeds only. The temple assumes no responsibility for theft, minor accidents or other incidents in this parking lot.