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Kamakura International Festival 2017 Announcement

The Kamakura International Festival 2017 will take place on Sunday, October 29, at Kotoku-in. This annual event is sponsored by the City of Kamakura and the Festival Organizing Committee to foster communication and understanding among the people of differing countries. The first International Festival was held in 1995 and this is the 23rd year of the Festival.
This year, 16 organizations will participate with booths and some groups will give performances. This event has been planned every year to coincide with the height of the autumn season when the leaves are at their most colorful. Please bring your friends and come and join us.


Notification of discounts on group admission

Please be aware that discounts on group admission rates will no longer be available from April 1, 2017.
Please click here for details.


Restoration project for the preservation of the Daibutsu

From 13 January to March 10 2016, with a subsidy from the state, a restoration project for the preservation of the Daibutsu will commence. Because of the placement of scaffoldings and temporary roof etc., it will be impossible to view the Daibutsu during this time. We apologize deeply for the inconvenience and ask for your kind understanding.


Restrictions on photography in the precincts of Kotoku-in

Please refrain from flying drones in the precincts of Kotoku-in. And we also ask you to refrain from using selfie sticks in the interior of the statue. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Social contributions

Proceeds from 11 March: Report and Thanks

As a contribution to the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake taking refuge in Kamakura, the total entrance fees on 11 March every year since 2012 have been donated to the Social Welfare Corporation Kamakura City, Social Welfare Council. To all those who visited on that day, we extend our heartfelt thanks.


Kotoku-in Nio Temple Guardians’ Restoration Report

The report of the restoration project of the Nio statues carried out over a period of about two and half years starting from October 2011 was published in March 2015.

PDF file of book (Japanese version only)
Appendix DVD-ROM contents (Japanese version only)