Kōtoku-in 高徳院

About  Kōtoku-in Temple

Kōtoku-in Temple is a Jodo sect Buddhist temple known for its 11.39-meter-tall bronze statue known as the Great Buddha of Kamakura. The construction of the Great Buddha began in 1252, and it is designated as a national treasure. Originally covered in gold leaf, the statue was later moved from indoors to outdoors due to disasters. The temple’s founding and its initial affiliation with the Shingon sect are unclear, but it later became part of the Rinzai sect and eventually transitioned to the Jodo sect during the Edo period. The entire area of Kotoku-in Temple is designated as a national historic site and is a prominent tourist spot representing Kamakura.

Location: 4-2-28 Hase, Kamakura City
-By foot: 25 minutes from JR Kamakura Station
-By Enoshima Electric Railway: 6 minutes from Hase Station

Hours: 8:00 – 17:30 (April to September), 8:00 – 17:00 (October to March)
Admission Fee: Adults 300 yen, Children 150 yen; additional 50 yen for entry to the interior of the Great Buddha
Toilets: Available
URL: https://www.kotoku-in.jp/en/


・Nearby Shrines, Temples, and Other Attractions

Hase-dera 長谷寺(8-minute walk)


・Cafes and restaurants around Kōtoku-in Temple

<< Southwest area of Kamakura