Tokyo is a modern city, but it keeps a strong connection to its past.
Many of Tokyo’s biggest attractions are significant to Japan’s culture and long history. There’s no better example of this than the Great Buddha of Kamakura.
After having stood for centuries, the Great Buddha has deservedly become one of Japan’s most iconic images.
To see the Great Buddha, you’ll have to pay a visit to the Kotoku-in Temple in Kamakura, which is actually just outside of Tokyo proper.
Once you’re there, it’s hard to miss the bronze statue standing about 40 feet tall.
Though it technically is only the second largest of Japan’s Buddha statues, it is widely regarded as the best.
The Kamakura Buddha’s expression is deeply peaceful in a way many find inspirational. In the background is the woodland of Kamakura, which can be seen clearly because the Buddha is not kept indoors.
The Great Buddha is hollow, so for a few yen you can go inside to get a look at how the statue is put together to be so sturdy.
The Great Buddha has weathered the elements in the open air since the late 15th century. It has seen damage, but is still as awe-inspiring as ever.