By Peter Sidell
The Great Buddha of Kamakura (Kamakura Daibutsu 鎌倉大仏) was built in the mid 13th Century at Kotoku-in Temple. It was originally housed in a building, but has been under the sky for 500 years after a few natural disasters. I often come and visit to have a conversation with Daibutsu in my heart. Daibutsu is always calm, dignified, and peaceful and shows me a positive future. Daibutsu has been a symbol and anchor for people in Kamakura, and now is loved worldwide.
Access: A 5-minute walk from Hase Station on the Enoden Line, or just in front of the Daibutsu-mae Bus Stop.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。