Kamakura Great Buddha Travel Guide

Kamakura Great Buddha
Has your journey led you to trace the footsteps of the shogun and the samurai in ancient Kamakura? Then, the Kotoku-in, the gigantic statue of the Great Buddha of Kamakura will be of high interest to you!

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Michele Nakajima Restaurant

Sip a glass of French wine to complement the tender and juicy meats served here.
Lunch: ¥4,000-4,999
Dinner: ¥10,000-14,999
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Kamakura Waku

Experience the essence of natural Japanese cuisine in Kamakura—delight in the flavors of carefully selected ingredients, embodying the four seasons and twenty-four “sekki” (solar terms).
Lunch: ¥5,000-19,999
Dinner: ¥15,000-29,999
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Local pride seasons every bite at this Kamakura Italian restaurant, where every morsel can be traced to its 100% organic source.
Lunch: ¥5,000-5,999
Dinner: ¥10,000-15,999
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Ichirin Hanare

Ichirin Hanare offers modern Chinese dishes which follow the cycles of the seasons.
Lunch: ¥15,000-19,999
Dinner: ¥15,000-19,999

Kamakura is a very small city compared to other major Japanese cities. However, its historical significance and continuous traditions and festivities make it one of the most attractive day-trip destinations from Tokyo.

Inspired by the Nara Daibutsu housed at Todai-ji Temple, the Great Buddha of Kamakura is surprisingly big in a country where everything is tiny. For the record, it is almost 13 meters high and weighs about 120 tons! Its construction began in 1252 and it has survived two temple fires and the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, among many other natural disasters.

Here, you can take a peek from the inside of the giant statue and check out the huge monk-style sandals woven specially to the foot size of the Great Buddha, before visiting the other temples and shrines of Kamakura.

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