This Buddha isn’t the largest one in Japan? No, it’s not and I didn’t know this till after I visited the Great Buddha in Kamakura! The largest is in fact in Nara’s Todaiji Temple. Since I didn’t visit the LARGEST Buddha in Japan I guess I will just have to share my experience of the second largest one!
The Great Buddha is located in the Kotokuin Temple and sits at about 13.35 meters tall, which is about 44 feet for those like me who don’t know meter measurements that well. That is one huge Buddha statue!
Hours and Prices of Kotokuin Temple
Hours – 8:00 – 17:30, closes at 17:00 from October to March
Prices – 200 yen
In Japan, I have yet to enter a temple or shrine that wasn’t well-kept. This temple was one of the first I had the chance to visit and it was beautiful! From the bottom of the steps as I entered I could already see just how big the statue was! It was a sight I really wasn’t expecting, I knew it was big but I wasn’t able to grasp just how big till I saw it.
At the foot of the Buddha is place to burn incense and an offering plate with fruits and vegetables. Another name for The Great Buddha of Kamakura is Kamakura Daibutsu. The statue is of Amida Buddha and is made of bronze. The statue was first cast in the year 1252 but has had a lot of reconstruction done due to weather and time wearing it down.
This statue is actually hollow and you can pay a small fee to enter it. We had went on a very hot day so entering a giant bronze statue was like walking into an oven! There wasn’t much room to walk around and not much to see but it was neat to be able to go inside.
Statue interior times and fees
Fee – 20 yen
Hours – 8:00 – 16:30
After visiting The Great Buddha of Kamakura we traveled to a few local temples and shrines and for lunch I had my first Japanese meal. If we had been traveling alone and had time I would have stopped at the beach. One of the temples we visited had a beautiful view of the ocean.
This day trip to Kamakura was one of the first I took here in Japan. I really hope you enjoyed this adventure and will stay tuned for the next five excursions I have to share over the next couple days! All exciting places to visit in the Tokyo area.
If you missed the introduction to this blog series, take a look right here! In tomorrows blog post I will share where to do all your shopping!
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