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I started my visit to this Land of rising Sun from 2001. In the beginning, it was mostly far from Tokyo, Aizu-Wakamatsu on the north, or it was Yokkaichi in the south.
But later, the priorities changed and I started to stay in an apartment in Oimachi near Tokyo.
During one such stay, I had my friends staying in the same apartment. Friends together, in a foreign land. What else you can ask? We all decided to go to Kamakura and the nearby beach.
As many of you know, Japan is one place where every corner is neatly connected by train and metros. And we were always mesmerised by the punctuality of those trains. There have been many occasions where I de-boarded the train by looking at the time printed on the tickets.
We decided to take the train from Tokyo. There is no direct train, and for Kamakura, it needed a change of the line in Shinjuku to get on to a different train.
Kamakura is a coastal region in the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan. You will reach Kamakura comfortably in about an hour by train from Tokyo. The small city of Kamakura became a popular spot in the 19th and 20th century, thanks to its cultural assets, beaches & mystique surrounding,
Kamakura is famous for its many temples, shrines, and most importantly the iconic Giant Buddha statue.
The statue is commonly known as Kamakura Daibutsu (Great Buddha of Kamakura). It is a colossal copper image of Amita-butsu (AmitaBuddha), is the
The Great Buddha is located a 5-10 minute walk from Hase Station, the third station from Kamakura along the Enoden railway line. The Enoden is a streetcar-like train that connects Kamakura with Enoshima and Fujisawa. Its terminal station in Kamakura is located just next of JR Kamakura Station.
The majestic sight of the Giant Buddha will be the first one you will notice when entering into this temple. A short stroll on your right will lead you to his giant slippers. I was actually wondering if this was used by the Giant Buddha himself. The size was a perfect match.
The fact that the statue sits in the open air makes it unusual amongst large Buddha statues in Japan. The Great Buddha, designated a National Treasure by the Japanese government, is some 11.3 meters tall and weighs around 121 tons.
The statue was cast in 1252 and originally located inside a large temple hall. However, back in the 14 and 15 centuries, many times the temple buildings were destroyed by the typhoons and a tidal wave. Due to which the Buddha is standing in the open air from 1495.
If you walk behind the statue, there is an entrance to look inside this giant Buddha.
For a small contribution [Guess it was 20Yen back in those days] you can have a memorable short tour inside the sacred statue.
If you are claustrophobic, avoid entering into the inside of the Great Buddha statue. It is a confined space. And in summer it can get uncomfortably hot, and you will be drenched in sweat after your short visit inside. Take this just as an information and not a warning.
Stop by Kotoku-in Temple’s souvenir shop to take home a pocket-sized souvenir of the Kamakura Daibutsu.
For those who visit Tokyo for vacation, this one day visit to Kamakura is a must. Do not miss the wonderful opportunity.
Make sure you visit this page to get all latest information on the hours, tours and tickets for this iconic Buddha Statue in Kamakura.
Will be back with more such one day visits from famous cities.
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