The Ibaraki's photoshoot continues. Our destination was the tallest statue in Japan. With the height of 120 meters, Ushiku Daibutsu stands as the tallest statue in Japan. It is also one of the tallest statues in the world.
Our journey started from the Ushiku Station. In order to reach the statue, we needed to take the bus for 20 minutes. There are two kind of buses. One that goes directly to the statue (500 yen), and one that stops on every terminal (660 yen). Both buses come once every 35 minutes, so you need to plan carefully.
We could immediately saw the statue from a far. In order to enter the place, you need to pay a few hundreds yen. I recommend you to buy the 800 yen ticket so you can get inside the Buddha.
Some souvenir shops waiting for you before the entrance.
One thing you will notice when you get inside is the huge Buddha's head.
You could throw some coins for the blessing. Japan is probably the only place where the money still remains until the end of the day.
Behold ! The magnificent Ushiku Daibutsu ! It was unbelievably tall. It's more than 6 times Odaiba Gundam. The weight is 4000 tons.
This statue was completed by Kawada Industries in 1993. Let's hope they built it strong enough to withstand the earthquakes and typhoons.
You could get inside the Buddha by showing your 800 yen ticket. You need to take off your shoes before you get inside. Using the elevator, you could get to its chest (85 meters above the ground).
The Buddha's toe.
The wall in one of the room has thousands of small holes. Inside the hole is a small bronze statue of Buddha. Amazing room.
You can see in comparison how big the statue is.
If you have trouble picturing it, you could see how tall it is from the photo.
Close to the statue was a small zoo where you could touch and played around with the animals.
Instead of Kamakura's Buddha, you should go see the Ushiku Daibutsu. It is sad to see that this place is so underrated.