Just outside the big city bustle of Tokyo lies little Kamakura, once the political and cultural capital of Japan during the 12th to 14th centuries. Kamakura is one of those places whose city map paralyzes the indecisive, for every few blocks is another Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple, many of which run 700-800 years old.
So where to get started?
Our recommendation: begin with Buddha — more specifically, the Great Buddha at Kotokuin Temple. Dating back to 1252 and weighing in at 121 tons, this massive bronze Buddha sits meditatively, eyes partially closed. Perhaps he meditates for all of us (especially those of us who don’t meditate enough), and shoulders a few of our concerns.
Pause for a moment. It’s oddly calming.
Panorama: Great Buddha (Kotokuin Temple) in Kamakura, Japan