The DAIBUTSU (Great Buddha) was completed in 1252. The original bronze image was sheltered within a wooden hall of immense dimensions, but the hall was subsequently destroyed in 1335 during a large storm. The hall was reconstructed, only to be blown down again during a typhoon in 1368. The fourth and final reconstruction of the hall remained standing until 1495, when an unprecedented tsunami washed away the structure but left the bronze image largely intact. The 26th abbot of the Great Head Temple Zojo-ji tried to have the lost hall rebuilt during his tenure, but the project was abandoned after his death in 1718. Since then, there have been no efforts to reconstruct the lost hall. The Giant Buddha sits in Kamakura, aged by time and the elements, staring out over the sea.
Jizo is believed to be a guardian deity of children. Grief-stricken parents who have experienced the loss of a child dedicate these statuettes and pray that God may protect their lost children's souls.
Kencho-Ji Temple originally comprised seven main buildings and 49 sub-temples, but most of these were destroyed in a series of fires during the 14th and 15th centuries. In the Tokugawa Era, however, the Zen master Takuan succeeded in restoring Kencho-Ji to much of its former splendor with the help of aid from the Shogunate. At present, the Kencho-Ji complex contains about 10 sub-temples and 10 other main buildings.