The Ushiku Daibutsu was built in Hitachi Province (present-day Ibaraki prefecture) to commemorate the area’s connection to Shinran (1173-1262), the founder of Jōdo Shinshū Buddhism. Construction began in 1986 and was completed in December 1992.
At 120m (base 20m, statue 100m), it is large enough to hold the Nara Daibutsu in the palm of its hand, and holds the Guinness Record for tallest bronze Buddha statue in the world.
Inside the statue are five levels with different areas, such as World of Infinite Light & Life, World of Gratitude and Thankfulness, and World of the Lotus Sanctuary. From an observatory in the chest 85m above the ground, you can look out in all directions, and on a clear day you can even see Tokyo Skytree and Mt. Fuji
In the vast Jōdo-style gardens you can relax and spend a whole day enjoying the stores and restaurants, fields of flowers that bloom in all seasons, and a petting zoo with squirrels and rabbits.
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