Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ushiku Daibutsu

Ushiku Daibutsu
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.


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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.

Ushiku Daibutsu
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.

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Some souvenir shops waiting for you before the entrance.

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One thing you will notice when you get inside is the huge Buddha's head.

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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.

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Ushiku Daibutsu
Behold ! The magnificent Ushiku Daibutsu ! It was unbelievably tall. It's more than 6 times Odaiba Gundam. The weight is 4000 tons.

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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 Biggest Buddha's Toe
The Buddha's toe.

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The wall in one of the room has thousands of small holes. Inside the hole is a small bronze statue of Buddha. Amazing room.

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You can see in comparison how big the statue is.

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If you have trouble picturing it, you could see how tall it is from the photo.

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Close to the statue was a small zoo where you could touch and played around with the animals.

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Ushiku Daibutsu
Instead of Kamakura's Buddha, you should go see the Ushiku Daibutsu. It is sad to see that this place is so underrated.

10 comments:

Kodomut said...

It's amazing how they built it!

The cat pic stole my heart ^^

dans said...

I couldn't resist taking photo of the cat. ^^

YuKi-To said...

woah nice place! a huge statue and a place to play with animals! I would love to go here next time ^^

dans said...

@Yuki-To : you should go there if you come to Japan. ^^

ahbonk said...

WOW, I went to the Kamakura one, and that one pales in comparison. How long did it take for you to travel there from Tokyo? I'm SO going there next!

dans said...

@ahbonk : From Tokyo, it takes around 1.5 hours. But if you consider the time schedule of train and bus, it might take 2 hours or more.

Anonymous said...

Japanese TV sent some guys up to the top of Ushiku Daibatsu to film a wacky challenge!
http://www.japansugoi.com/wordpress/ushiku-daibutsu-tv-stunt/

Tabeteimasu said...

Hi,
I went to Japan in last April and I visited Ushiku Daibutsu. It is really wonderful!

Great photos!

I Fucking Love Peace said...

Great photography, Informative pictures and a article. I would love to visit this place one day. I am very interested in Buddhist Philosophy especially the Lotus Sutra.

I Fucking Love Peace said...

Great photography, Informative pictures and a article. I would love to visit this place one day. I am very interested in Buddhist Philosophy especially the Lotus Sutra. Check outI Fucking Love Peace on via FaceBook by clicking my name. Attract Peace, Love & Truth. ~ I Fucking Love Peace.

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