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