The Great Buddha of Kamakura
The Great Buddha of Kamakura (Kamakura Daibutsu) is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. With a height of 13.35 meters, it is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara’s Todaiji Temple. The statue was cast in 1252 and originally located inside a large temple hall. However, the temple buildings were destroyed multiple times by typhoons and a tidal wave in the 14th and 15th centuries. So, since 1495, the Buddha has been standing in the open air.
Also known as the Great Eastern Temple, Todai-ji is widely regarded as one of Japan’s most treasured and historically revered temples. Constructed in 752, it’s home to Japan’s largest statue of Buddha and is one of the world’s biggest wooden structures.