【KAMAKURA】What Is "Kamakura-Daibutsu"?

Kanagawa 2014.05.20

Translated byUCHACA

Japanese who loves to dive into the ocean,see statues of Buddha and travel around the World! My favorite statue of Buddha is Mirokubosatsu(Maitraya) ! In this year,I want to see more 50 statues of Buddha! Now,I'm posting articles as a translator on MATCHA.Thanks for reading MATCHA, and I hope you'll enjoy Japan!

Written by TakahashiChuya

The Kotokuin (known as "Kamakura-Daibutsu/鎌倉大仏")is one of the best tourist attractions having enough places to visit in Kamakura. It's located near the sea and surrounded by mountains.

What is Daibutsu?

Daibutsu means the Great Buddha and is one of the icons of Japan. Kamakura-Daibutsu is seated serenely in the grounds of Kotokuin, a Buddhist temple of the Pure Land sect. Kamakura-Daibutsu is the second largest monumental Buddha in Japan (after the one at Todaiji/東大寺 in Nara) and the most impressive.
Kamakura-Daibutsu is known as the symbol of the Great Buddha in Japan just like the one in Nara.

Trivia of Kamakura-Daibutsu

About 11.4 meters high. It's taller than a 4-storey apartment.
Total weight is 121 tons. 12 truckloads of goods! It's so heavy!!

The style of Zen meditation is very dignified.

Only in Kamakura-Daibutsu! Enter the Body

An experience you can only have in Kamakura-Daibutsu is ...

"Entering the interior of the Daibutsu's body".
Moreover, the entrance fee is only 20 yen!



Once  inside,you can see the techniques of 1,300 years before. It's a very precious experience to enter into a national treasure.
As you see, bronze is used on the inside and you can feel the big space in it.
I'm interested in the way the people who lived in 12th century built this the Great Buddha.

Those Who Get the Miniature Buddha Statue can Come to Japan?

The most popular souvenir in Kamakura-Daibutsu is "Miniature statue of Buddha".You can buy it in the shop of Kotokuin.

I heard that this souvenir is the most popular in Myanmar.
I don't know the details but there is a superstition that people can come to Japan if they get the miniature statue of Buddha as a souvenir from a friend or family member who traveled to Japan. It is not certain whether this story is true or not but I recommend you buy it as your souvenir!


Address:4-2-28 Hase, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Opening hours:8:00 a.m.- 5:30p.m. in April-September/8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. in October-March
Opening hours of Internal parts of the body:8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission Fee:200 yen (Tour in the Daibutsu's body: 20 yen)
Closed:Open throughout the year
Access:About 7-min. walk from Enoshima Dentetsu Hase Station/About 30-min. walk from Kamakura Station
Telephone number:0467-22-0703

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