The Daibutsu in Kamakura

The Daibutsu (Giant Buddha) in Kamakura is a giant statue of Amida Buddha. With a height of 13.35 meters, it stands majestically at the grounds of the Kōtoku-in Temple in Kamakura. Built in the 13th century, the statue was originally inside a large hall but due to destruction of the hall by natural calamities, it was moved in the open air and has remained there since 1495.

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The Great Buddha standing tall, view by the steps

Kamakura is about an hour away from JR Shimbashi station. Kōtoku-in Temple can easily be reached by walking from JR Kamakura station. There are many signage along the way so it’s very easy to reach.

Entrance to the temple is 200 yen, that’s about the price of one drink from your friendly vendo. When you pass by the gate to the temple grounds, you’ll easily be amazed at the sight of the massive Buddha.

Side View of Daibutsu
bronze daibutsu
The Daibutsu is a huge Bronze Statue
Candles inside the Buddha’s hollow body
Daibutsu back view

Equally fascinating is the giant footwear displayed in the hall. I mean seriously, of all the things he needs, he has to have giant Buddha sandals.

The Buddha’s giant sandals

The highlight of this visit for me is buying charms sold at the temple. There are those for good luck, good health, love, career, and those for the home. The people who sold us the charms gave us specific instructions on how to make use of the charms.

The good health charm i bought inside the temple

If you happen to be in Tokyo and would want to visit a temple, I highly recommend to go to Kamakura.

 

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