The Great Buddha

With a height of 13.35 meters, it is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara's Todai-ji Temple. The weight is approximately 93 tonnes.

About 70 minutes south of Tokyo by train is Kamakura where my friends & I spent a fantastic day visiting several temples & shrines including the Great Buddha which dates back to the year 1063.

Right behind the great Buddha is Tsurugaoka Hachimangū, the most important Shinto shrine in the city of KamakuraThe Chozuya or (purification pavilion) is where visitors wash their hands and rinse their mouths before entering the shrine.

On the way to the Buddha & the shrine there is a beautiful old stone arched bridge , in the old days it was reserved only for the Shogun’s use (other people used the flat bridges). This type of bridge is usually called a Taiko Bashi  (drum bridge), since the reflection in the water makes it look like a drum.  

Check out the photo of my friends taking the ultimate Japanese selfie with the Great Buddha!

Here is a nice hotel close to the railway station in Kamakura

Check out my Kamakura photo blog here.

Review by David Herd –