- 4.5 hours
- Product Type
- Hase Temple
- The Great Buddha of Kamakura
From Ancient Temples to Bronzed Buddhas
After Hasadera, we will head over to Kotoku-in, host to the iconic Great Buddha of Kamakura (Kamakura Daibutsu). The bronze statue dates back to 1252 and was initially housed within a temple hall. Unfortunately, typhoons destroyed the temple, and buildings but the Buddha survived unharmed and has been sitting outdoors since 1495. Today, green with age, this is Japan’s second tallest bronze Buddha; the first is at temple Todai-ji in Nara, outside Kyoto (where we also have a Nara Tour). Kotoku-in may be our last stop, unless we manage to keep up the pace--in which case we may be able to fit in one last visit for the day at the Tsurugaoka-Hachimangu Shrine before heading back to Kamakura Station.
You may, of course, return to Tokyo on the same train as your expert, however, we encourage you stay in Kamakura to have lunch or spend some of the afternoon visiting other attractions.
If you are using a Japan Rail Pass, please let us know. If you have one, you do not need to purchase a train ticket, and we will remove it from your order.
You'll meet near Tokyo Station. The confirmation email will have the exact spot. The tour ends in Kamakura. You can stay in Kamakura and explore on your own, or return to Tokyo with the expert. Your train tickets are round trip, and you can return at any time.
Yes! You will pay for them ahead of time, and the guide will buy them for you at the station.
For this tour, we always take the train. Trains in Japan are faster and more efficient than driving.
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