Jorakuzan Mantokuji Temple, Chiba

Statue of a reclining Buddha in Tateyama

By Jessica A Paje    - 1 min read

Located off of Route 410 in the southern part of Tateyama in Chiba, Jorakuzan Mantokuji Temple (萬徳寺) is a short hike up along a paved walkway surrounded by bamboo. At the end of the trek, you’ll discover the statue of reclining Buddha framed by a forest of green trees and palms. Built in 1982, the bronze statue weighs in at 30 tons and is 16 meters wide. Resting with his head in his hand and feet together, this sleeping pose symbolizes the day the Buddha entered Nirvana. It is one of the largest reclining Buddha statues in eastern Asia.

Hours of Operation are 9:00am to 5:00pm; weather permitting.

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Originally from San Diego, California, I lived in Japan for 4-1/2 years and now I am currently based out of Honolulu, Hawaii. In December 2010, I arrived in Yokosuka with a new outlook on my future. Mainly, to refocus on family and let my curiosities take us to places we’ve only dreamt of. Along the way, we’d hopefully develop new friendships and simply collect memories to last a lifetime. Then, there was the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. I will never forget that experience and the devastating effects it had on the entire country. I asked the community, “What can I do to help?” Collecting, sorting, and packing donations, was the least I could do. I also ended up going back to California for one month, raised a small monetary donation for Red Cross, and secured a few phone interviews to help spread the word on how others from the United States could assist. I was determined to show my family, friends, and folks across the world that it would be okay to return to Japan. After all, I wanted them to know that all of the little things that make up this beautiful country still existed. What better way than to use a platform such as to share photos and stories full of life, history, and culture. It is a pleasure to say I have contributed more than 150 articles to a database that now collectively holds more than 15,000! This journey has not only allowed me to realize my initial goals, but I’d like to think that it has somehow played a role in sparking an interest locally and across the globe for others to experience all that is published here and more. I invite you to also share your wonderful stories, offer comments, and ask questions right here on JapanTravel. Feel free to contact me at Safe travels! ٩( ๑╹ ꇴ╹)۶