Ushiku Daibutsu (Ushiku Great Buddha)

Ushiku Daibutsu 牛久大仏
(Ushiku Great Buddha)

The Ushiku Daibutsu towers 120 meters above ground and is registered in the Guinness Book of Records as the tallest statue of Buddha in the world.

Location: Ushiku City, Ibaraki Prefecture
When to visit: Year round (There is more interest from spring through autumn, when flowers bloom in the garden)
Admission: 701 to 1500 yen
Opening hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (weekdays March to September)
9:30 to 17:30 (weekends March to September)
9:30 to 16:30 (October to February)
Recommended duration: 2 hours
Accessibility: Private transport is recommended, but visiting by public transport is possible.
Other considerations: Easy to get around with wheel chairs and strollers
Location of the Ushiku Daibutsu

The Ushiku Great Buddha is made of bronze and was completed in 1993. Within the statue is a sanctuary housing more than 3000 images of Buddha, and space for meditation and copying of the Lotus Sutra.

From an observation deck 85 meters above ground, visitors can see as far as Mount Fuji on clear days. The observation deck also houses many Buddhist exhibits and displays illustrating how the statue was built.

In front of the Great Buddha there is a flower garden and a park with a pond. Cherry blossoms bloom in April, poppies, peonies and hydrangea bloom around May and June, while cosmos bloom around September and October. This is one of the few gardens in Japan where you can pick flowers (for a small fee) directly from the flower bed. On some summer evenings, the compound is lit with lanterns, presenting a romantic atmosphere.

Behind the statue is a charming small zoo with many lovable creatures that visitors can feed and pet for a fee. There are squirrels, rabbits and prairie dogs, among other animals.

GPS information
Google map co-ordinates: 35.982799,140.220302
Map Code: 65 521 504
Telephone: +81 029-889-2931
Address: 2083 Kunocho Ushiku, Ibaraki
Postal Code: 300-1288
Japanese characters: うしくだいぶつ
Parking: Free parking available on-site

Take a train on the JR Joban Line to Ushiku Station (牛久駅), from where a 20-30 minute bus ride will take you to the Ushiku Daibutsu (牛久大仏). The bus departs from bus-stop number 1 outside the east exit (東口). The bus does not depart frequently, refer to the external link below for the timetable.

From To Transportation Travel Time One-way Fare Frequency
Ueno, Tokyo Ushiku JR Joban Line 1 hour (45 mins by rapid train) About 1000 yen Approximately every 20 minutes
Mito, Ibaraki JR Joban Line About 1 hour About 1200 yen 2 to 3 trains per hour

External link - Bus timetable between Ushiku Station and Ushiku Daibutsu

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