The Great Buddha ( Daibutsu, 大仏) in Kamakura at Kotoku Temple (高徳院) is a favorite place for travelers to visit. A magnificent monument which you might notice that it’s a little different from all the other Buddha statues – it sits in the open air, under the shelter of the sun, the moon and the stars.
The Buddha’s history goes back to 1243, when the original Buddha was made of wood. It was destroyed later in a storm and rebuilt again in 1252 using bronze. The statue was originally sheltered but throughout the years, typhoons and earthquakes damaged the shelter, eventually resulting in the enduring statue that sits out in the open air today.
The Great Buddha statue stands at a height of 13.35 m tall, weighing 121 tonnes, ranking the 2nd largest Buddha statue in Japan, after the Great Buddha in Toda Temple (東大寺 Todaji) of Nara. You can visit the interior part of the statue (20 yen per entry) but you’ll have to be patient to wait for your turn to go in.
The grounds of Kotoku Temple is lovely too – set in an impeccable Japanese garden with pebbled floors and sculptured trees.
Some of the trees had no more leaves during our visit as it was winter, but the garden is still serene and exquisite. Enjoy More Photos below 🙂
Kotuku Temple Official Website
Address: 4-2-28, Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture 248-0016, Japan
Opening Hours: Apr – Sept 8 am – 5.30 pm. Oct – Mar 8 am – 5 pm.
Admission Fee: 200 yen for adults.
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