Kamakura Daibutsu

The giant Buddha statue of Kotoku-in temple draws millions of visitors every year to Kamakura, a town already full of beautiful and ancient temples. The statue was cast over 750 years ago and has survived (more or less) many disasters including several lightning strike fires, earthquakes and even a tsunami in 1498. It is over 13 meters tall and weighs over 90 tons, in case you were planning to steal it. For a very small fee (20 yen), you can go inside the Daibutsu to see exactly what you’d expect to see inside a hollow bronze statue: nothing. But rest assured you’ll be safe in there; the statue was inspected for earthquake safety this year (2016).

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