Visiting Great Buddha in Kamakura

Feel the peace and calm

By Elena Lisina    - 2 min read

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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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo!