Kamakura – Visiting The Great Buddha
The Great Buddha (Daibutsu) statue of Kotoku-in Temple in Kamakura is the second tallest bronze statue of Buddha in Japan (the tallest is in Nara). This is probably the most iconic and recognized attraction of Kamakura.
Standing at approximately 13 m (43 ft) tall, the statue is indeed quite a sight. This is one of those things you have to see for yourself to truly appreciate it’s splendor.
The statue used to be housed in a building but it was destroyed by a tsunami in 1498 and since then the statue had been left in the open.
A worker cleaning the inside of an incense burner.
My plan was to end the day with a visit to a nearby temple, Hasedera. But by the time I left, the temple was closing soon so I decided maybe next time. I ended my day at nearby Yuigahama Beach.
The beach is nothing great though, perhaps even a little unsightly with plenty of washed up seaweed and some trash around. But it was a good spot to just relax, watch surfers ride the wave and enjoy the sea breeze.
A perfect end to the day trip.