Daibutsu of Kamakura

Daibutsu - Great Buddha
Daibutsu – Great Buddha of Kamakura
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Daibutsu in Japanese means Great Buddha and most westerns refer to Daibutsu as the Great Buddha of Kamakura. Great Buddha of Kamakura is located in Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. It is made of bronze and it is located in the Kotokuin temple, one of the most famous Buddhist temples of the Pure Land Sect in Japan. The Daibutsu monument is said to be the second largest monumental Buddha in Japan.

The statue of Kamakura was founded in the year 1252, but the buildings were wiped out by the tsunami tidal wave in the 15th century and now, the statue lies in the open with no roof. The buddha of Kamakura is of 13.5 meters (43.8 ft) tall, weighing about 93.1 tons, which is most impressive to hear. The great Buddha is seated in lotus position with hands forming a gesture of meditation called “DHYANI MUDRA”. The Daibutsu has a spectacular sight with a backdrop of wooden hills.

The statue of Kamakura is a 5 minute walk from the Enoden railway station which is the third station from the Kamakura main station. The temple is open from morning, 7 am to evening 6 pm and the admission fee for adults is 200 Yen and 150 Yen for children. There is also an opening to get inside the Great Buddha statue which has extra admission fee of 20 Yen. There are no closing days within the year, so the temple is always filled with visitors. The experience of seeing the Great Buddha of Kamakura cannot be described until we see it with our own eyes.

11 responses to “Daibutsu of Kamakura”

  1. Ami says:

    I just visited Daibutsu in April of 2010, and it was 100 Yen to go inside the statue.

  2. jimmy says:

    i visisted to it was sooooooooooo COOL!!

  3. antonio says:

    it was wack yall thouhgt it was good it was wack

  4. Lois says:

    Loved it! Went in April, 2012, and it was 20 yen to go inside.

  5. Kyo Mizuki says:

    I wanna go there.. and what did Ami mean when she said..”you can go in the statue” ???

  6. Jeremy says:

    I was there in jan 2013 and it was awesome! A must see and Ami meant you walk threw a door and go inside the Daibutsu it’s hollow and it was 20yen then. I’m going back in February and I’m stopping there again.

  7. oola says:

    this is cool

  8. Lolli Fisherman says:

    I went to japan and saw this was prety awesome

  9. yoshi says:

    I went to this place and it was the most terrifying creature ever!
    Although it is very big and outstanding it is indeed very disturbing.

  10. Jim Schneider says:

    I went there with my parents as an army dependent when I was 5 years old, 1950, and I still think about it sometimes. It was just amazing, especially going up inside of it. I still have pictures of it. I would love to see it again. You never know. My wife and I just went to Cuba. Wild.

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