K is for Kamakura

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K is for Kamakura for the A to Z Challenge. Kamakura 鎌倉市 is a coastal town in Kanagawa Prefecture 神奈川県, Japan, less than an hour from Tokyo and Enoshima.

Kamakura has a number of temples and shrines, and is famous for the Great Buddha or Kamakura Daibutsu (鎌倉大仏). This large, bronze Amida Buddha is located at the Koutoku-in Temple 高徳院. The Daibutsu is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan at 13.35 m. (Remember my last Amida Buddha post?)

Kamakura Great Buddha

Great Buddha at Kotoku-in at Kamakura – photo by kei

Another famous temple is Hasedera 長谷寺, a temple famous for its large statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. You can’t take photos of the giant wooden statue within Kannon-do Hall, but at over 9 m and gilded in gold it is spectacular. There is also a small cave called Benten-kutsu 弁天窟 which has several smaller deities enshrined within.

Hasedera in Kamakura

Hasedera (temple) at Kamakura – photo by kei

The view from Hasedera overlooking Kamakura and the nearby beach at Enoshima is beautiful. The walk between Kotoku-in and Hasedera is partially forested, making a beautiful (~10 minute) passage between the two temples.

Kamakura

View of Enoshima from Kamakura – photo by kei

Have you had the opportunity to visit Kamakura? Or another Buddha statue? Let me know in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “K is for Kamakura

  1. No, never been to Japan. Every time I looked into it I was shocked by the expense. I once had a dream to go as an English as a second language teacher. Manga and anime will have to do for my culture fix. 🙂

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    • It can be expensive, but if you research you can find some inexpensive hotels! I think that study abroad or English language teaching are probably the least expensive routes to get to Japan. In addition to manga and anime, Japanese dramas give you a great look into Japanese culture!

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