Child Abuse Prevention – The Orange Ribbon Sash Relay 2018

Kotoku-in will be the starting point for the Kamakura-Miura course of the forthcoming Child Abuse Prevention Orange Sash Relay held on the 11th of November. There will be a ceremony in front of the Great Buddha from 8:00am before the leading runner sets off, followed by educational and related events within the precincts of the temple.
More details can be found here.(Japanese text only)


Mourning those who perished in the Great East Japan Earthquake Notice of Festival of Prayers for Rebirth, and a request

March 11, 2018 marks the seventh anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Kōtoku-in has invited the Shinto, Buddhist and Christian communities of Kamakura to mark the occasion with a day of interdenominational prayer.
On that day, we ask that those who visit the temple follow the instructions of temple employees and the staff of Pray Kamakura. We ask that you refrain from using camera tripods, and any other actions that might impede the ceremonies taking place.
We humbly apologize if this restricts your personal observances in any way. We are grateful for your understanding and cooperation.



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.