See one of the largest Buddha statues just outside Tokyo, Kamakura

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    If you like to go travelling, seeing a lot of ancient places, such as temples, statues, and etc. I recommend you to visit Kamakura, which is located in Kanagawa Prefecture (south of Tokyo).

    I can say that Kamakura is a very beautiful small city, and very famous among tourist destinations. I have gone there before once; maybe I can say that it is the small version of Kyoto.
    Kamakura hosts many temples, shrines, and historical statues. One of those statues is the Great Buddha Statue.
    Here is the photo, which was taken by me last year.

    The second biggest Buddha statue in all of Japan!


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    Just from one look at this photo, you should be able to imagine how large the statue is. Yes, it is really huge, the height of that statue is around 13 meters!

    It is called Kamakura Daibutsu in Japanese, “daibutsu” means “large statue” in Japanese, and because it is located in Kamakura, they named it Kamakura Daibutsu. This statue is made of bronze, and it symbolizes Amida Buddha, it stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. Because of its height, it is known as the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan. The biggest being another statue in Nara’s Todaiji Temple.

    So when was the statue built? The statue was built in 1252 inside a large temple hall. Unfortunately, because of the typhoons and tidal waves in the mid 14s, the temple buildings were destroyed. Because of that, since 1495 until now, the statue has been standing outside of the temple.


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    If you want to go there, it is opened 8.00am to 05.30pm (October to March). Admission is 200 yen to see the statue, and just for extra 20 yen, you can see the statue interior.
    I highly recommend you to go see this Gorgeous Bronze Buddha Statue when you visit Japan!

    Kotoku-in website