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The huge Buddhist stature, Ushiku Daibutsu is in Ushiku city, Ibaraki. The 120-meter-tall statue shows both overwhelming impact and calm atmosphere. It attracts not only Buddhists but also many overseas tourists of any religions. Inside the stature, there are some spaces to feel the world of Buddhism such as “the world of infinite light and life” where a ray of light shines through the center of the room, and “the world of the lotus sanctuary” with numerous Buddha statues situated in the golden room. Upper floors have a great view of the Kanto region. Even Mt. Fuji and Tokyo Skytree can be seen on fine days.
- 2083 Kuno-cho, Ushiku-shi, Ibaraki
- Contact No.
- Take Kanto Railway Bus bound for Ushiku Joen. Ride for 30 minutes and get off at the bus stop Ushiku Ddaibutsu.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 9:30-17:00 （Saturday, Sunday, National holiday -17:30, October-February 9:30-16:30）
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
- Admission fee
- Admission for adult 800 yen (flower garden and small animal park only 500 yen), admission for child 400 yen (flower garden and small animal park only 300 yen)
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The World’s Biggest Standing Statue in Bronze
Ushiku Daibutsu is the world’s biggest standing statue in bronze that is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. The height was set to 120 meters to represent the 12 powers that Buddha is said to have. It is three times as big as the Stature of Liberty in the US. The overwhelming size makes other buildings around it look very small.
View from the Windows at the Buddha’s Chest
Although Ushiku Daibutsu doesn’t have any observation decks, you can look out from the small windows at the Buddha’s chest, at the height of 85 meters above ground. You can see Mt. Fuji and Tokyo Skytree on fine days. It is not at all magnificent panoramic view, yet it has some unique charm to attract people.
World of the Lotus Sanctuary
Inside Ushiku Daibutsu, there are several rooms including “the world of infinite light and life” to imagine Jodo, the Buddhists’ Pure Land after death, “the world of gratitude and thankfulness” to do the sutra transcribing, “the room of Vulture Peak” where Busshari, Buddha’s ashes are kept. Among all, “the world of the lotus sanctuary” shows a magnificent atmosphere with around 3300 Buddhist statures inside Ushiku Daibutsu.
Jodo Flower Garden
In the Jodo Flower Garden adjacent to Ushiku Daibutsu, you can see seasonal flowers blooming while listening to the sound of flowing water from the waterfall or the pond. Jodo is the Buddhist term to describe “the Pure Land”. This beautiful garden surely expresses the scenery of Jodo and make you feel like purified after strolling around.