Brandon and I decided to be tourist for a day and venture to the 2nd largest Buddha in Japan!
The Great Buddha of Kamakura (Kamakura Daibutsu) is a bronze statue, which sits on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. Although I had read that is was towering at a height of 13.35 meters (slightly over 44 ft), I didn’t realize it’s massive size until I was actually standing in front of his peaceful presence.
Let’s rewind just a bit to the few photos I snapped along the journey there. One thing I love about Japan, and most other countries I’ve seen, is the convenient public transportation. Instead of driving, we got to enjoy our journey with walking, taking trains, getting lost and then more trains… Just the way I like it!
Leaving Brandon’s neighborhood, we start on foot and head towards the station.
I have yet to mention the uncountable amounts of vending machines that line the streets, malls, neighborhoods, schools and sidewalks of each city. In 2008 there were over 5 million vending machines here, which means there’s a machine per about 23 people populating the island! Your options range from snacks, drinks and hot meals to clothes, electronics, live fish and other items (that I probably shouldn’t mention on a family friendly blog).
Here’s a fun thought: So you’re walking to work, and you you’re ready for your coffee- Vending machine. Mmmm, a warm muffin and jam sounds good – hey look a VM (vending machine). I don’t really want to hit the store on the way home to pick up my fresh eggs and milk – VM. Oh, I forgot it’s my bosses birthday, I’ll get him a tie – VM. Well shoots, it’s starting to rain… Where will I ever find an umbrella? Of course, a vending machine. I don’t know if I can carry all of this to work today, I better just buy a smart car – Vending Machine!
*You should google “Japan vending machines” to get a kick out of the creative items being dispensed from this handy little devices!
On we go to the train station!
Easy enough, just read the signs (enter sarcastic laugh here) and line up.
Quick bathroom break before we transfer to the adorable old school train that will take us to the bottom of the walk to see the Great Buddha.
A few pictures from our walk (slight detour) as we eagerly head (so we thought) towards the statue.
Check this out, fresh octopus with a smidge of flour pressed on a grill then handed directly to you all nice, warm and crispy!
Thirsty after that? Vending Machine! This is an alcohol serving machine that actually cards you before you’re aloud to enter money or select your choice. Can it read American drivers license? I have no idea, I was just pretending to do it. Now I wish I would have tried!
We finally reach the entrance of our destination. This is where you have the option to cleanse your hands prior to visiting Buddha.
Here is the sight when rounding the corner.
Students get to come here for field trips, what an adventure… I wonder if this is extremely exciting to them, or if it’s just another day, seeing another Buddha.
More photos that I took before we got to enter inside the beast of copper.
I enjoyed finding different angles with a variety of effects to capture his unique great beauty.
What a brilliant sky for our backdrop all day!
…till next time Buddha, thank you.