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Visiting Great Buddha in Kamakura

Feel the peace and calm

Visiting Kamakura, no one misses seeing Great Buddha or Kamakura Daibutsu. With a height of 13.35 meters, it’s the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan. The statue was cast in 1252 and originally located inside a large temple. The temple building was destroyed, so since 1495, the Buddha has been standing in the open air.

I went to Kamakura's Kotoku-in Temple in September, but that day was as hot as the middle of summer. I sat down in the shade and observed the area. I first looked at Buddha and slowly became at peace. There were many people around who came by groups and families. All of them were excited and taking photos with Great Buddha. I imagined how it had been many centuries ago. There must be people of any age or social status, all dressed in kimono who come to worship Daibutsu, but not to take photos. Visiting the Daibutsu brings peace and serenity in a busy world.

The Great Buddha is located within a 5-10 minute walk from Hase Station, the third station from Kamakura along the Enoden railway line. Its terminal station in Kamakura is located just next to JR Kamakura Station.

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