Kamaishi Daikannon

Kamaishi Daikannon

Kamaishi Daikannon
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Keizo
Kawasaki, Japan1,492 contributions
Better skip
Oct 2020
I tried to go to this place to kill time before moving to other cities and took a bus from Kamaishi Station and it took about 15 minutes. I could see the Kannon in front of me but could not find the way to go there as the way is very complicated and not so many proper direction boards. Finally I could reach the entry gate but it was closed due to Corona Virus things. Their homepage says everyday open and no indication for the closing and that is the worst thing they do for the visitors. I went to Iron History Museum nearby on the opposite side of the highway and killed time anyway and took a picure of the kannon and the bay.
Written October 23, 2020
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Neil L
Ebisu, Japan82 contributions
Peace and Serenity
Sep 2019 • Solo
I visited this Temple while in Kamaishi for RWC 2019. It is a magnificent site to explore and is very peaceful and quiet. The views of the bay and Kamaishi from the top are excellent. This city was devastated by the tsunami with a large loss of life so this huge statue is a fitting place to go and reflect. I took a taxi up to the top and walked back to town (about 40mins) Well worth a visit.
Written September 29, 2019
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Tony J
Hazelbrook, Australia8 contributions
Spectacular Oceanside location worth the walk
Apr 2016 • Couples
You can get to the Diakannon walking about 40 minutes from the entire of Kamaishi. Taxi or bus alternatives exist.

The Daikannon is located on a spectacular headland looking back to Kamaishi and around to small bay villages. From here it is impossible not to visualise the tsunami rolling in to this beautiful place.

The Daikannon has an amazing array of treasures displayed in the twisting walk up the tower.
Written September 1, 2016
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8pins
Singapore, Singapore203 contributions
Half Day visit by Train and bus
Mar 2016 • Couples
Take a train from Shin-hanamaki to kamaishi station takes about 80 min. Once at kamaishi JR station take a bus just in front to the "kuan yin"bus stop.cost 100 yen. Approx 15min.i have attached a bus schedule to help travellers plan. Almost half a day will be spend .you can climb up the goddess of mercy statue. This is about 40 over metres high. I just realised there is a 100 m high statue in sendai.howver what sets this apart is the view of Pacific ocean.500 yen admission fee.
Written March 13, 2016
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mt188
San Francisco, CA257 contributions
a little worn, but nice views
Jun 2015 • Family
First, this is the 'Daikannon', 'dai' meaning big or large in Japanese, because it is indeed a large statue. This might be one of very few tourist attractions in this steel and fishing town on the Sanriku coast. The Kannon sits on top of a hill overlooking the harbor. There is an escalator that takes you up most of the hill, then a bunch of steps inside of the statue to get to about chest level. Nice adjacent landscaping, some buddha/jizo (baby buddha statues to remember miscarried babies and babies who died young) near the entrance. There is another building housing the some of the relics of Buddha given by Sri Lanka. There are a few vending machines on site, but no food offerings when we went. Before entering the park, there is an old appearing and shuttered souvenir strip, but all of the shops looked closed and abandoned (since the tsunami??). It seemed that the site had seen better days. Access seems difficult. There is a bus, but it only seems to stop at the parking lot twice a day.
Written June 30, 2015
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DanL917
Tokyo, Japan445 contributions
Still standing, as the 2014 review indicates.
Aug 2013 • Solo
I am 100% sure of this because the unique thing about this towering white Kannon statue is it's located on a bluff several hundred feet above the coast, so it survived the tsunami. There is a panoramic view of the ocean, and the premises are pristine and spotless. The entrance to the attraction is hard to find; it's located in a big parking lot next to a road stop or amusement park (I had a rental car).

I am positive this was the Kannon that contain some rare bones or something, or some sacred artifact of an Indian Buddha. Which I thought quite odd. Reposing here??? After Googling, apparently it's "a stupa presented by a temple in Sri Lanka, in which a portion of Buddha's remains is enshrined."

There are similar white Kannon statues throughout Japan; the one in Zushi outside of Yokohama, the one in Takasaki City in Gunma, and the one on Shodoshima Island come to mind. The latter is conspicuous for being remiss on this very thorough site on giant Buddhas:

http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/big-buddha-japan.shtml

Note: I believe the Iron and Steel Museum is missing on Tripadvisor, as it's one of the Kamashi tourist attractions in addition to the Kaikannon statue.
Written July 2, 2014
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Banda-in-Japan
Tokyo, Japan450 contributions
Striking statue overlooking the sea
Sep 2013 • Couples
The Dai-Kannon of Kamaishi has stood high atop a hill overlooking Kamaishi Harbor since 1970. She's huge--48.5 meters tall--and visitors can climb up and step out onto a viewing platform cradled in her arms. Her plinth is basically a temple, containing a number of historical carvings. Also on the site is a small museum containing a number of ancient but well preserved stone carvings. We just dropped in for a visit because we could see the statue from quite a distance as we were driving through the town, but were very glad we did.
Written January 31, 2014
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