When talking about Kamakura, the first thing that popped up in my mind is the Great Buddha of Kamakura. When I went there some days ago, I met a lot of foreign tourists, I assume that everybody knows that the Great Buddha had become a must-visit spot for foreign tourists.
The Great Buddha of Kamakura is located in Kotokuin Temple which is a temple of the Jodo-shu sect.
The Great Buddha is 13.35 meters in height and 93 tons in weight. It was an open-air Budda statue made of bronze. The Buddha statue represents the iconic sculpture styles of the Kamakura period of Japan, it is registered as a National Treasure of Japan for its well reserved sculpture style of the past.
When I arrived the temple, a small group of American tourists is touring in the temple, suddenly the narrow ground of Kotokuin Temple felt became crowded.
On the base of the incense burner sculptured the twelve Chinese Zodiac.
An old man started chatting with me jovially when he got to know that I came from China. He is such a talented man that he speaks Chinese, Korean and English in addition to his mother tongue. He also knows a lot about China. He could even tell I am a southerner of China from my accent. After chatted for a while with me, he went back to the group of American tourists start chatting with them.
I wonder if he came here just want to find a foreigner to chat. Spiritual grandfather to study harder so strong, people really feel ashamed.
There is a small hole on the rear side of the Buddha, you can enter the inner side of the Buddha from there. It can accommodate up to 30 people at a time.
It was a little dark inside the body of the Great Buddha, the inner wall of the body felt a bit warm.
There is also an introduction of the principle of how the Great Buddha had been built.
There is a Tanka inscription of Yosano Akiko in the Kotokuin Temple.
Although the temple is small, but it contains many interesting spots. But to the Kamakura great Buddha statue, and I think it is worth it.
Before leaving the temple, I bought some postcards.
|Name||The Great Buddha of Kamakura in Kotokuin Temple|
|Address||4-2-28 Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa|
|Business hours||April to September: 8 am to 5:30 pm
October to March: 8 am to 5 pm
|Getting there||After left the East Exit of Kamakura Station, take a bus of Enoshima Dentetsu Bus from Bus Stop No. 1, or take a bus of Keihinkyuko Bus from Bus Stop No 6, get off at “Daibutsu-mae”.|
s* Please refer to the latest info before visiting the place.