Getting to Know Buddha Inside and Out in Kamakura, Japan
The Kamakura Daibutsu is the second largest statue of Buddha in Japan. The Great Buddha towers 13 meters and is the most popular of the hundreds of temples and shrines that pepper the area. Kamakura itself has a history of nearly 2,000 years and is just a short train ride from Tokyo. Take a five-minute walk from Hase station to the Kotokuin temple grounds where the Kamakura Buddha resides. On the way, buy some matcha green tea ice cream, enjoy the scenery, then take photos of the serene sculpture for an enlightening experience. During his 1892 stay in Japan, Rudyard Kipling wrote of the statue questioning, "is God in human image made no nearer than Kamakura?" Admission is 200yen and for an additional 20yen you can venture inside the bronze Buddha for a different perspective.
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