Top Attractions in Kamakura, Japan

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Not too far away from Tokyo is Kamakura which is famous for the 37-foot bronze figure of the compassionate Amida Buddha.  Kamakura is located about 40km (25 mi) southwest of Tokyo and is easily accessible by train.  The easiest way to get to Kamakura is by taking the JR Yokosuka Line.  The journey takes 56 minutes from Tokyo station and trains run every 10 to 15 minutes.  Upon arrival at Kamakura, there is a local train you can take to visit the main attractions.

There is a Tourist Information Center at Kamakura Station that offers maps and other useful information for getting around Kamakura.

Top Attractions

Great Buddha (Daibutsu)

Cast in the 13th century, the Great Buddha of Kamakura is one the biggest attractions in Japan, where you will get a picture perfect post-card image of Japan.  The Daibutsu was originally housed in a wooden hall, which was washed away by a tsunami in 1495.  The Great Buddha statue now lives outdoors.

Hase-dera Temple

Not too far from the Great Buddha is Hase-dera Temple.  The temple is noticeable from the outside because of the beautiful trees surrounding the entrance.  Once inside, you will be immediately surrounded by beautiful gardens.  This temple faces the sea and on a sunny day, you will have a great view of Kamakura from the temple.

Hase-dera is best known for housing the largest wood statue of Juichimen Kannon, the goddess of mercy.  The statue stands about 9.18 meter (30 feet) tall and can be viewed in the temple’s main building.

For more information on Hase-dera temple and Kamakura, please visit

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