Kanagawa - Meet the Great Buddha, a National Treasure of Japan

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Meet the Great Buddha, a National Treasure of Japan

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(99 reviews)
Kotoku-in Temple in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan
50 mins

About the tour

Designated as Japan's National Treasure, the bronze statue of Amitabha Buddha is the absolute icon of Kamakura. With a height of 13.35 meters and weighing approx. 121 tons, the awe-inspiring Buddha sitting in the open air is a must-see! Eriko will share stories about how the Great Buddha has survived several natural disasters since its construction in 1252 and also show you important rituals when visiting the temple, as well as cute Buddha-themed sweets that are popular among locals!

Meet Eriko Shiratori

Eriko Shiratori

Eriko has been sharing her love of Japanese culture with people around the globe since 2017. In her words, Japan is beautiful, unique, and weird all at the same time! She's been lucky to have traveled to dozens of amazing countries and she got a chance to live overseas, in Australia and Canada, for a couple of years. Being exposed to other cultures has given her a new lens to look at her hometown and its traditions. Her great-grandfather was a kimono craftsman in Tokyo, and today she is honoured to wear the kimonos that were passed down through generations. She is looking forward to exploring Japan and sharing a smile with you!

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Kanagawa with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 50 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Kanagawa. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Vera B.

01 July 2021


Janet G.

30 June 2021

Eriko is such a wonderful tour guide! I always enjoy her tours!

Adrian H.

28 June 2021

No matter the topic or the place a tour with Ericko is relaxing. Back to back shrine tours at night made me reflective and I slept well

Gail (Seattle) O.

28 June 2021

I enjoy Eriko's tours because besides the main attraction she always shares a bit of Japan culture in her tours....foxes at the Inari Shrine, cookies/candy at Kotoku-in Temple, & matcha tea at Hokokuji.

Janet D.

28 June 2021

It was a wonderful tour. I was able to travel to Kamakura for a day in 1996. I loved that trip and had a few photos to show family and friends, but photos don’t show the grandeur of the Buddha. I watched the tour with my husband and he was then able to see everything in perspective and understand why I enjoyed Kamakura so much.

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