Kamakura [ KANTO ]

Kamakura Image

Kamakura is a popular seaside resort and a residential town. In summer the beach is crowded with people from Tokyo, Yokohama, and neighboring cities. Many people in Kamakura commute to Tokyo and Yokohama by train. Frequent train services connect Kamakura with Tokyo via Yokohama in less than an hour. Its mild climate has made Kamakura an ideal residential town. The Great Buddha of Kamakura (Daibutsu) is a bronze image of Amida (Amitabha), Lord of the Pure Land of the West. According to the temple tradition, the image was cast by Ohno Goroemon, of whom nothing is known except his name. The idea of constructing the great image was first conceived by Minamoto Yoritomo, the first shogun of the Kamakura government.