Speaking of big Buddha (Daibutsu), what do you think of? The Great Buddha of Nara? The Great Buddha of Kamakura? Although it is not so famous as those Great Buddha, but there is the bigger Great Buddha in Japan. It is the Ushiku Amitabha Great Buddha in Ushiku City, Ibaraki Prefecture, usually “Ushiku Daibutsu”. Ushiku Daibutsu is a great Buddha made by Jodo Shinshu sect Higashi Hongan-ji school. It is a huge statue boasting a height of 120 meters.
When you drive on the Kenoudo (Metropolitan Inter‐City Expressway) and come near Ami east IC, the gigantic statue appears. The spectacular figure is totally like the Godzilla. It is the sort of unexpected scale that made you want to blurt out, “what the heck is that?”
The height is 120m (high of the statue of standing figure 100m, pedestal 20m) associated with the 12 light of the Amidanyorai (Amitabha Tathagata). The height is enormousness as the Great Buddha in Nara of approximately 15m could fit in the palm of its hand.
In addition, the height from the pedestal is as tall as a triple size of the Statue of Liberty.
It is the third largest in the world as standing statue and the world’s largest as a statue made of bronze. It is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
You can see the dignified appearance from Roppongi Hills of approximately 60km away on a clear day.
You can go up the inside of the Ushiku Daibutsu in an elevator, the observation deck of the top floor is a position of 85m above the ground. There are rooms for sutra-copying and for hearing a sermon in each floor to the fifth floor.
Ushiku Joen with the Ushiku Daibutsu is the greatest park cemetery in the metropolitan area, and there are Jodo garden (Pure Land Garden) and small animal parks where you can interact with animals. It is just right the place to take a small child.
|Adresse:||Kunocho 2083 Ushiku, Ibaraki 300-1288 Japan|
|Access:||JR Joban-sen Line “Ushiku-eki Station” (15 minutes by car)|
|Price/Charge:||800 yen (Adult)
400 yen (Elementary School Children or Under)
Please refer the official web page.