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The Gifu Great Buddha (in the Shoho-ji Temple) (岐阜大仏(正法寺))

Also known as the Kago Daibutsu, the Gifu Great Buddha (Gifu Daibutsu) is located in the Kinpo-zan Shoho-ji Temple in Gifu City; this Buddha statue has been designated by Gifu Prefecture as an Important Cultural Property. It ranks as one of the “Three Great Buddha Statues of Japan,” and is the largest dried lacquer Buddha statue in the country. To create the statue, a wooden framework was built around a central pillar cut from a large Gingko tree; a bamboo lattice was then installed around the wooden framework, and clay was plastered onto the lattice. After this, copies of the complete Buddhist scriptures were affixed to the clay, and then lacquer and gold leaf were applied. With the Great Buddha’s friendly, slightly smiling expression and the peaceful atmosphere of the Daibutsuden hall where the statue is situated, a visit here can induce feelings of calm and serenity. The charge for admission to the temple is 200 yen for adults, 100 yen for children.


Gifu Pref. Gifushi Daibutsuchou 8 (Gifu / Ogaki / YoroArea)

phone 0582642760


Review of Gifu Shoho-ji Temple Daibutsu (Great Buddha)

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Reviewed:2019/11/05 Interesting history
While this Buddah isnt as grand as some of the others in Japan, the fact that it was created with a paper mache base made it rather interesting. Not as busy as the others and made for a nice stop...
Reviewed:2019/09/02 Excellent, papier mache Daibutsu
If you saw the one in Nara, you cannot miss this statue of the Buddha. A monk travelled to several monasteries collecting sacred scriptures used to create the Buddah. We were there at the weekend, it...
Reviewed:2019/02/16 Impressive
A must see if you are in Gifu. The Buddha is 14 meters tall! Temple is small and simple. Only 2 blocks from Gifu Park. Entry tickets are 200 yens p/p.

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Gifu Pref. Gifushi Daibutsuchou 8 [map]
Gifu / Ogaki / YoroArea
open everyday
[Admission fee to worship] Adults200yen, Children 100yen
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          Gifu Areas


          Tucked away in the very center of Japan, Gifu prefecture houses mountains, old towns, and one of Japan’s greatest hot springs, Gero Onsen. A tour of the prefecture’s traditional architecture will take you from the mountain-enveloped wooden streets of Takayama to the mountain village of Shirakawago, where visitors can explore 250-year-old thatched roofed houses known as gassho-zukuri.