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.

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Guide to Visiting Kotoku-in > Guide to the Temple Grounds


4-2-28, Hase, Kamakura,
Kanagawa Prefecture 248-0016, Japan

By Enoshima Electric Railway (Enoden)
●From Kamakura: Get off at JR Yokosuka Line Kamakura Station. Change to the Enoshima Electric Railway (bound for Fujisawa) and get off at Hase Station, the third stop (approx. seven minutes from Kamakura). Kotoku-in is a seven-minute walk from the station.
> From Hase Station (GoogleMap)

●From Fujisawa: Get off at JR Tokaido Line or Odakyu Line Fujisawa Station. Change to the Enoshima Electric Railway (bound for Kamakura) and get off at Hase Station, the 11th stop (approx. 40 minutes from Fujisawa). Kotoku-in is a seven-minute walk from the station.
> From Hase Station (GoogleMap)

By bus from Kamakura Station
From the East Exit of Kamakura Station, take the Enoshima-dentetsu Bus (bus stop #1) or the Keikyu Bus (bus stop #6) and get off at the Daibutsu-mae stop (approx. 10 minutes from Kamakura Station).
From Yokohama-Yokosuka Road
From the Asahina Interchange (IC) on the Yokohama Yokosuka Road (横浜横須賀道路), follow Prefectural Highway 204 to Kamakura.
> Route from Asahina Interchange(GoogleMap)

From Tokaido (National Road 1)
From Tokyo and Yokohama, exit National Road 1 and turn left at the Fujisawa Bypass Exit intersection. Go downhill along Prefectural Road 30 and turn left at the Fujisawa-bashi intersection. Pass under the JR Tokaido Line elevated tracks, turn left at the Minami-Fujisawa intersection and continue straight along Prefectural Road 32 toward Kamakura.
> Route from Fujisawa Bypass Exit(GoogleMap)

From Metropolitan Inter-City Expressway
Go south on the Metropolitan Inter-City Expressway (Sakaikoga-Chigasaki section). Then, get on the Shin-Shonan Bypass at the Chigasaki JCT and head toward Fujisawa and Yokohama. This will turn into the Fujisawa Bypass and Route 1.
> Route from Chigasaki JCT(GoogleMap)

●Parking Area
A handicapped parking area is pre-booking. (Reservation here) For others, please use the nearby parking lot.

Opening Hours

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.

Fees for Temple Visit

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.

Other Spots in the Vicinity


●Zeniarai Benten (Ugafuku-jinja Shrine)
About 30 minutes’ walk from Kotoku-in

●Kuzuharagaoka-Daibutsu Hiking Trails
Daibutsu-zaka Entrance:
About 10 minutes’ walk from Kotoku-in
Oyato Entrance:
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

To Our Visitors

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.

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