Kamakura Day 2c: The Kotokuin (Big Buddha) Temple

From the Hasedera (Great Kannon/Kuan Yin) Temple, we walked to the Kotokuin Temple where the famous Dai Butsu (Big Buddha) statue is.

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This majestic bronze statue of Amida Buddha stands at about 43 feet tall.

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Don’t forget to wash your hands before you enter!

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The statue survived a tidal wave (tsunami) and an earthquake.

It is about 800 years old.

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We went inside the statue (it’s hollow).

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Since visitors could go inside, there are two windows on its back for ventilation.

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Three Thai royalties have planted trees at the grounds of this temple.

Souvenirs at this temple are very reasonably priced. Entrance to the temple is only 100Y per person.

When I was small, I remember I wanted a Kamakura Buddha figurine so my father bought me a black one from the Ayer Itam temple in Penang. This time, I was able to purchase a bronze coloured one from the actual Kamakura temple here in Japan for my father. A full circle! That meant a lot to me.

 

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