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Gifu Shouhouji Daibutsu (Great Buddha)

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Address: 8 Daibutsu-cho, Gifu 500-8018 , Gifu Prefecture
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Amazing work of the 19th century

This indoor, 13.7m great Buddha statue was completed in 1832 after 38 years of construction. It is one of the top 3 great Buddha statues in Japan, alongside the ones in Nara and... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2017
Singapore, Singapore
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Prosser, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

This is a really a magically experience. If you find yourself in Gifu, please make your way here. It's a paper-mache buddha! It's beautiful and it's interesting to see the entire collection of clay monks who helped with this project. Each one depicted with their personality. Just a great, great experience.

Thank OSF35
Singapore, Singapore
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 February 2017

This indoor, 13.7m great Buddha statue was completed in 1832 after 38 years of construction. It is one of the top 3 great Buddha statues in Japan, alongside the ones in Nara and Kamakura. Can't help feeling marvelled at the skills and work of the people of the era! The temple is located about 5 minutes walk away from Gifu... More 

Thank CHTeo
Malden, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Drop in for a visit. It costs 200yen (about $2) to enter. The big Buddha is truly a sight to see. Sit down and take it all in. The staff can also provide you with an English information sheet about the history of it.

Thank Mingh H
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18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Even non-buddhists would marvel in the work done to make this giant Buddha. Not being allowed to use flash photography was okay because of the sun coming in through the windows the pictures still turned out great. If you are headed to Gifu mountain make sure to stop in and view the giant Buddha.

Thank Honestfoodiereview
Watford, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2016

This is surprisingly badly sign-posted but well worth going. It's one of the three great Buddha statues in Japan, but unlike the other two, it's made from papier mache and took 38 years to make. It's in a very modest looking temple - from the outside, you wouldn't know something so beautiful was inside. But when you get in, and... More 

Thank Jane G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

黄檗宗の正法寺との大仏 "Great Buddha of Gifu, Batman!" The head priest of Shōhōji, Ichū, concieved of this Great Buddha and it was completed in 1832 after 38 years of construction and long after Ichū had passed away. It was constructed with a central pillar made from a gingko tree, and then a bamboo frame was made in the shape of the statue,... More 

Thank ART196
Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2016

This is one of the three seated Daibutsu in Japan (Nara and Kamakura being the other two). He is made of paper mache with a bamboo structure and gold leaf on the top and is 13.6m tall. I was the only person in the temple so felt very honoured as it was incredibly peaceful and calming. It cost Y200 to... More 

Thank Emma C
Almunecar, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2015 via mobile

I think it's one of the biggest budas in Japan with 13 meters. 200 yens to come in the temple, just the buda. Nothing special to be honest.

Thank Anjes P
Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2015

Very old, evoking a feeling of looking at history. The staff were very friendly, assisting us with our tour of the sight.

Thank Ray C
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 March 2015

I loved the story behind the Great Buddha in Gifu. So many of Japan's finest attractions are replicas from days gone by, but the Great Buddha has stood the test of time and continues to watch over the city nearly 200 years later. I almost skipped this as I've been previously to visit large Buddhas in Lantau, but was very... More 

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