Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Kamakura Summer! - Great Buddha

With my new digital camera, I headed to Kamakura.

Kamakura is the perfect day trip site to experience nature and history, it's about an hour from the central Tokyo by commuter train. The city has numerous shrines and temples(and hydrangeas, too!), also there are two hiking trails and beach. One of the big draw here is the Great Buddha(Daibutsu) at the Kotokuin Temple. It is the biggest bronze stature, was made in 1252, its height more than 13 meter and it weight 121 tonnes. It used to be housed inside a wooden building, but the building was washed away by a tsunami at the end of the 15th century, and since then it has remained outside.

How to get there

The temple (open daily from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or 5 p.m. from October to March) is near the Hase Station on the local train, Enoden; The Enoden is a streetcar-like train that connects Kamakura with Enoshima and Fujisawa. Its terminal station in Kamakura is located just next of JR Kamakura Station. Take a JR train from Tokyo to Kamakura Station and transfer, or get off at Kita-Kamakura and take the hiking trail.


2-28 Hase 4-chome, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0015

(Photos by emBroider)


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