Daibutsu literally means “a large statue of Buddha,” but no one would expect it to be this big!!!
This is “Ushiku Daibutsu” in Ushiku, [W:Ibaraki Prefecture]. It is 120 meters tall and the tallest bronze statue in the world.
It is almost three times as tall as the Statue of Liberty in New York! And eight times as tall as the famous Daibutsu in [W:Nara Prefecture]. The picture below shows the comparison among them (From the left, Ushiku Daibutsu, the National Diet Building, the Statue of Liberty, and the Daibutsu in Nara)
It is so huge that even the index finger is 7 meters long! And look at the toe below. It is almost as big as a van.
Inside of the Buddha, there are five floors, where the visitors can appreciates small Buddha statues and transcribe a sutra.
In the same town, there is an outlet mall called “Ami Premium Outlets,” and because the statue is so big, you can see the head and the torso from there.
Although it is not one of the famous tourists destination in Japan, it may be not bad idea to get impressed by the huge Buddha statue, and go shopping at the Ami Premium Outlets.
Ushiku Daibutsu Official Website (Japanese)
Access: From JR Ushiku Station, take Kanto Tetsudo bus bound for Ushiku Joen, and get off at Ushiku Arcadia bus stop.
Ami Premium Outlets (Japanese)
Access: Shuttle busses are available from JR Arakawaoki Station.
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