Kamakura was the capital of Japan from 1185 to 1333, and boasts a large number of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Because of the rolling hills and forests, strolling between these temples is a pleasant walk. However, Kamakura is best known for the Daibutsu (Great Buddha). This Amida Buddha statue was completed in 1252. The statue now sits in the open because the large hall that once housed it was washed away by a tsunami in 1495.