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.

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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.

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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.

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A worker cleaning the inside of an incense burner.

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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.

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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.

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5 thoughts on “Kamakura – Visiting The Great Buddha

    • Thank you for your kind words 🙂

      I think they just gave up. According to Wikipedia, the hall was destroyed by storms and rebuilt 3 times consecutively. Finally, in 1498 it was destroyed by a tsunami and was never rebuilt again. Actually, I am amazed the statue survived that much punishment!

  1. Beautiful photos as usual mate! 🙂

    My eyes are not drawn to the huge Buddha but to the last one.

    I like how the dad is holding the hand of his kid while watching the sunset. There’s something very poignant about that scene that I can’t put to words but makes me feel sad and happy at the same time.

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