Takaoka Daibutsu (Takaoka Great Buddha)

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The Takaoka Daibutsu (Takaoka Great Buddha) is a large statue of Amida Nyorai (the Amitabha Buddha) in a seated posture, approximately 16 meters high, located in the Hotoku-san Daibutsu-ji Temple near Takaoka Station in Toyama Prefecture. The circular halo that rises up behind the Buddha’s back makes this a particularly distinctive statue; it ranks alongside the Great Buddha of Nara and the Great Buddha of Kamakura as one of the “Three Great Buddhas of Japan.” The original statue and its replacement were both destroyed in fires; in 1933, local people built the third statue that visitors see today. Since it was first created, the Takaoka Daibutsu has become an iconic symbol of Takaoka; locals refer to with a mixture of respect and familiarity as “Daibuttsuan.”

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Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Otemachi 11-29 map map Map
[Pedestal Corridor Worship times]9:00-17:00
Irregular holidays
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0-30 minutes
Wheelchair accessible

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  • A worthwhile detour from nearby Toyama!
    5.0 Reviewed : 2020.04.01
    In Toyama for 2-nights, with a couple of hours to spare before dinner; this proved to be sufficient time to make a detour to Takaoka to see the Great Buddha. It only takes about 17-mins to travel...
  • One of the three Great Buddhas in Japan
    3.0 Reviewed : 2020.01.03
    Takaoka Great Buddha is considered one of the three Great Buddhas in Japan (the other two are in Kamakura and Nara) but it is not as comparable to the other two.I would not make a special trip to...
  • Worldly desires & Welcome to world of Buddha!
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.05.08
    Metal workers of TAKAOKA-city had made this huge Buddha!When you arrive, you can see this huge one and feel like you are now in the world of Buddha and maybe listen the word of “Worldly...

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