Another day, another Buddha, this time the Ushiku Daibutsu

Today was a splendid day again, a little hazy but not a cloud to be seen. So we decided to go and visit the Ushiku Daibutsu the world’s tallest bronze statue. It’s 120 meters (394 feet) tall including its base and you can take an elevator inside it to go 85 meter above the ground and view the surroundings from windows in its chest, arms and back. It’s really new, they finished building in 1993.

Some statistics:
Weight: 4003 tons
Length of Left Hand: 18.00 m
Length of Face: 20.00 m
Length of Eye: 2.55 m
Length of Mouth: 4.50 m
Length of Nose: 1.2 m
Length of Ear: 10.0 m
Length of the First Finger: 7.0 m

When you go inside you arrive on various levels and either walk further up/down or take the elevator.
Level 1, Infinite Light and Infinite Life

Level 2 (10.0 m), World of Gratitude and Thankfulness

Level 3 (20~30.0 m), World of the Lotus Sanctuary

Level 4 (80~85.0 m), Room of Mt. Grdhrakuta, this is also the floor from which you can look down.(Main path towards Buddha)

Within the Buddha there are all kinds of magical things
Gem encrusted Elephant statue

Pretty drawing

Thousands and thousands of tiny origami crane birds

The outside is just as beautiful, with its prayer tablets

The stone hewn trough to cleanse ones hands

A beautiful garden, with hungry carps in the pond

A pretty red poppy

And the Buddha



Overall it’s a huge complex, with amazing gardens , a small zoo and immense cemetary

Time for bed here, sleep well all and hope you enjoy this part of our trip as much as I did


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Phyllis B
    May 24, 2012 @ 23:45:09

    Ren another wonderful trip filled with beautiful photos and history.
    Its fun to learn others culture.I love the Gem encrusted Elephant statue.Wow it is so stunning..
    The ponds with the goldfish are a real treat.It seems they are big into that idea.
    Its funny how one culture influences
    Sleep well.


  2. Tari
    May 25, 2012 @ 00:35:18

    Wow! These pictures are awesome, what a beautiful area. Thanks so much for sharing!


  3. Joan
    May 25, 2012 @ 08:38:16

    Ren, thank you for sharing your adventure, photos are fantastic


  4. Sissy
    May 26, 2012 @ 02:54:58

    I am loving it all, thanks so much for sharing. About the tiles with the “carrots”? the leaves don’t look like carrot leaves, did someone tell you they were carrots?


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