Great Buddha of Kamakura, Kotoku-in Temple
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The Big Buddha of Kamakura; not as impressive 2nd time round!
I first visited the Big Buddha of Kamakura sixteen years ago. And it left such an impression on me, that while I can't remember much else about that particular trip (well except for being attacked by crows, but that's a whole other story) I vividly remember the sight of the formidable Buddha. So when I went back to visit it last week with my two youngest kids, I was quite despondent! The second time round, there is little to be said about the visit. It is the type of place that once is enough. But once is a definite must! The Big Buddha is synonymous with Kamakura and it would be a shame to visit the area and not pop in to see the 700 year old, 13.35 metres, 121 tonne bronze statue of Buddha in the seated position. There are a couple of shops, eateries and other historic buildings on the grounds and a giant pair of waraji sandals, but generally, unless you are eating there, you wouldn't spend more than an hour at this site. Access from Hase Station on the Enoden line. It takes about 10 minutes on foot from the station.