Daibutsu and Daikannon Statues

Massive representations of peace thoughout Japan

By Elena Lisina    - 2 min read

To those planning a trip to Japan, I highly recommend visiting at least one of the Daibutsu or Daikannon statues. They are different images of Buddha of such a size as to make you feel a very small creature. At the same time, gazing at these massive statues brings a sense of peace. I've been fortunate to visit a few of them.

The bronze Daikannon statue of Yudanaka is 25 metres tall and stands on the top of a hill. To reach it you have to overcome 112 stairs where you then take in a grand view with mountains and clouds. In spring Daikannon is ‘drawn’ in sakura cherry blossoms.

The snow white Daikannon of Sendai towering over the city can be seen from afar, even from Aoba Mountain. The statue is 100 metres tall and it contains a ‘temple’ with smaller statues inside.

Todaiji in Nara contains a bronze Daibutsu that, at 15 metres tall, is the largest indoor statue in Japan. The bronze seated Daibustu in Kamakura is 'only' 13 metres tall, but the thought that he has been sitting there since 1252 makes it truly remarkable.

The tallest and the most impressive is Ushiku Daibutsu or Amida Buddha – being 120 meters tall it’s one of the tallest statues in the world. There are also 31 metre-tall stone statue of Buddha and bronze 16 metre-wide resting Buddha in Chiba Prefecture. But, as I’ve mentioned, the main thing is not their size, but the feelings experienced by being in their presence…

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo! My photos from Japan I also place here: https://gurushots.com/f10384/photos Matane!