Climb inside Japan’s second-biggest Buddha
Weighing in at 121 tonnes, measuring more than 13m (43ft) in height and coming with a pair of straw sandals that are taller than most men, meet the second-largest Buddha in the entire country. The Great Buddha of Kamakura might not be quite as enormous as his cousin in Nara – a whopping 15m (49ft) behemoth – but backed by blue sky, this mammoth Amida Buddha is no less striking. After the building in the Kōtoku-in temple (five minutes’ walk from Hase Station) that originally housed the Buddha was washed away by a tsunami in the 15th century, the big bronze Buddha has survived outside for the past 500 years. Today visitors can delve inside for ¥20 (£0.15).