Ushiku Daibutsu is the world’s tallest bronze Buddha statue. The 120-meter tall Buddha statue was constructed in 1993 and currently stands in Ushiku, Ibaraki. The Daibutsu held the record for the world’s tallest statue from 1993 to 2008. It was built to commemorate the birth of Shinran, the founder of the Jodo Shinshu sector of Buddhism in Japan.
Unlike other statues, visitors can also enter the Ushiku Daibutsu and view it from within. There are several exhibition areas within the statue, mainly covering different aspects of Buddhism and its history. Take an elevator up to the 85-meter high observation floor, where you can see as far as Tokyo on a clear day.
The statue consists of five floors, each floor having a different exhibition area similar to a museum. There is also a petting zoo and flower garden within the vicinity. Ushiku Daibutsu is also host to seasonal events - like the New Year’s celebration and the summer festival.
On the 5th floor of the Daibutsu statue is the 85-meter high observation deck. This floor is called the Room of Mount Gridhra-kuta, or Vulture Peak. Enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the surroundings, which allows you to see as far as Tokyo on a clear day.
On the 3rd floor is the World of Lotus Sanctuary, which represents the pure land of Amida. A stunning room filled with over 3,300 images of golden Buddhas, sutras (teachings of Buddha) are read here every morning and evening.
To reach the Ushiku Daibutsu, visitors walk through the Jodo garden. Jodo garden is a traditional Japanese garden with 12 kinds of flowers such as peonies and hydrangeas, as well as cherry blossom trees during springtime. Visitors can enjoy flower picking activities from May onwards.
20-30-minute bus ride from JR Ushiku Station (Joban Line). Take the Kanto Railway bus from East Exit No. 2 heading towards Ushiku Daibutsu / Ami Premium Outlet, and get off at the Ushiku Daibutsu stop.