Realise the significance of Kamakura period during which Buddhism was revitalised.
Also, learn to differentiate between the different Buddhist sects in Japan & understand the significance of this religion on the lives of Japanese. Since its first introduction to the people about 1500 years ago, many different Buddist movements have been practised here.
One major movement is ZEN (meaning meditation), one-time favorite of the samurai. Zen was popularised during the Kamakura period.
3 major sects are: Soto, Rinzai & Obaku.
Its emphasis on zazen (sitting meditation) & rigorous mindset with uncluttered sublimity have a profound influence on Japanese culture to date.
ZEN strives to bring out the Buddhahood of the individual trhough meditation & seeks the empty center of the self.
Buddhism is a religion based on the iconolatry, and statues of the Lord Buddha and its pantheon serve as the objects of worship. Buddha statues in Japan are grouped into the following five categories each having many sub-categories:
The Great Buddha
Kamakura is rich in nature.
There are beautiful temples and historic sites.
There are over 5 to choose from.
There is one that stands above the rest.
Daibutsu is ( The Great Buddha) is a must see. It stands over 37 feet high.
For a small fee you are allowed to climb inside and take pictures.
It is only 1 hour train ride from Tokyo.
Don't bother taking the bus ride. You see so much of the town by walking and you save yourself a traffic jam.
Just up the road from Enkakuji temple is Tokeiji.
It's fairly low key really, but that's what I liked about it. Far from the biggest of temples.
100 yen entrance.
It's a pleasant place to explore though.
One of the representing Shrine in Kamakura. The lotus pond inside got a interesting story. It was buildt in memory of two troops, after fighting with each other for many years, suddenly enlightened by the virture of forgiveness, and become friends. White and red lotus growing together symbolised their mutual friendship