The Great Buddha statue (Daibutsu) of Kamakura
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The Daibutsu (Great Buddha) is maybe the most famous landmark of Kamakura
and it is the second highest state uf Buddha (Amida Buddha) in Japan after the one of Nara
The statue is precisely 13,35 m high and reaches a weight of 121 tonnes.
It is located inside the Kotokuin Temple
, a temple that has nothing special to be reported in addition to the the statue, probably if there wasn't the Daibutsu, it would have very few visitors.
some details within the Temple Kotokuin
The admission to the temple (and therefore also to the statue) is 200 yen
, opening hours 8-17:30, 8-17 from october to march.
You can also visit the interior of the statue
paying further 20 yen
The construction date of today's Daibutsu is rather uncertain, the most likely date is 1252.
Originally it was not located outside like now, but inside a building that was destroyed and rebuilt several times, until its final destruction by a tsunami in 1498. Since that time the statue is located outdoor as we can see it today.
The Daibutsu in all its splendor (click on photos to see them in high resolution)
some "particular" views of the Daibutsu taken by me
How to get to the Daibutsu and map
You can reach this important place of Kamakura on foot from Kamakura station (it is about 1,7 km far), taking the west exit of the station and helping you with a map or just following the directions in Japanese/English, or by train taking the Enoshima Electric Railway
(Enoden) line, getting off at Hase station
(190 yen, 5 minutes) and then walking about 800m north.
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