Hill of The Buddha
Hill of The Buddha
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Matan Katz
Jerusalem, Israel197 contributions
Aug 2019
This place is just amazing - Planned by world famous architect tadao Ando, it features a big vareity of sculputures from many cuktures. It's free of charge (although you might get asked to pay "donation money" for the place - like I was). It offers a small cafe, and a big parking lot. Absolutely must visit.
Written January 24, 2020
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sinjoorAntwerp
Antwerp291 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is a masterpiece. But unfortunately totally ruined by the ridiculous concrete sculptures placed in the surroundings. How could they do that ? It was decided by somebody who understood nothing of the essence of Tadao Ando's masterpiece. If enough visitors point this out, maybe it can be corrected ? Especially the fake Easter Island monuments are disturbing. I never visited Easter Island, but anybody who has seen a single picture of them knows they are not a straight line, not totally erect : the original statures have a meaning, a history and an aesthetic chaos, seemingly randomly placed, leaning over or backwards. Here they are just wrong, on one line, fake, fake, disturbing. Please remove them.
The Buddha is still impressive. And worth a visit.
Written June 21, 2019
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pl55
Singapore, Singapore270 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
I agree with one of the other reviewers here that it can be quite jarring to see totally unrelated sculpture near this majestic monument. I expected the approach to the Buddha to be a lot longer based on descriptions but in any case, looking up to Buddha's face against the sky was really something. As it is now summer, the slopes are covered by lavender which really adds to the beauty of the monument. There was a small nursery and plant sales stall near the carpark and a cafe cum souvenir shop in the building. The lavender soda is refreshing and the small selection of souvenirs tasteful and fairly unique. There is no admission fee but visitors are urged to contribute 300 yen for the upkeep of the place.
Written August 3, 2018
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neurromancer
Poznan, Poland52 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
I saw this object on architectural blogs and because of that I decided to fly to Hokkaido. Maybe that’s why this place didn’t meet my expectations. The Buddha statue is settled up on the area of a cementery. The Ando’s work is beautiful, but there is no chance to admire this from a certain distance, which is a key for this kind of object. The view of Buddha is obstructed by strange surroundings (see my photo) and in the background there are plenty of Moai statues. There are a lot more of strange objets there there like lamassu (persian guards), lions, and also copy of stonehenge structure. Everything looks strange and takes out the zen atmosphere, which Ando’s work usually gives to the observer.

Anyway I believe that it’s worth to be seen, choose the time when lavender flowers are blooming. For the early spring I was now the whole atmosphere was a little bit depressing.
Written April 25, 2018
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MarianManny
31 contributions
Feb 2018
We've read about Tadao Ando's Hill of the Buddha on many design blogs, and just had to see it. Getting to the site is pretty straightforward, as described in their website. Takino Reien is the last bus stop of Bus 102, so you won't get lost. Just take note of the bus times, so you won't miss the bus ride back to the station.
As we got nearer, we saw a hill of pure white snow, with just the head of the Buddha peaking through. It was such a calm and peaceful environment. As we explored on foot, going inside the passageway into the front, with the Buddha altar, we were amazed with the simplicity and complexity of the details. The blending of nature, landscape and architecture makes the Hill of the Buddha a perfect place to visit.
Written February 7, 2018
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Kenrover82
Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
Jul 2019
This place was full of calm and tranquility. Plenty of big, open spaces for kids to stretch their legs. Unfortunately, there were almost no benches or seats in the vicinity. It was also awkward to sit down on the ground to rest because the place is so open, almost everyone could see you. Regardless, still a nice place to stop by, if you have some time to spare.
Written December 9, 2019
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Tasrod
Hobart, Australia93 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
Catching the local bus to this destination was part of the charm as you go past a spectacular reclining gold Buddha on the way. The snow covered Buddha was so serene and peaceful. Magnificent elegant architecture and will always stay with me.
Written November 9, 2019
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Walter F
Clydebank, UK7 contributions
Feb 2019
No really, it's absolutely massive. You can see it from miles away and it looks pretty big but honestly, up close it's staggering how large it is
Written July 2, 2019
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Albert Y
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
An surreal, yet meditative experience. We happened upon this place by chance, but I'm shocked it's not more well known. It features the typically thoughtful of architecture of Tadao Andou - this time framing a massive Buddha statue in a very contemplative and striking way. During the summer, the time that we visited, the dome covering the buddha was also accompanied by a crown of lavenders. Walking through lavenders was only open to visitors on Tuesdays and Sundays in July.

Cannot be missed by those in Sapporo. The quirky Stonehenge, Shiisa, and Easter Islands are a bonus. Stonehenge hinted at the existence of another Andou creation, but unfortunately, it was closed.

The cafe had an excellent lavender float, and its architecture lended itself to relaxation very nicely.
Written July 31, 2018
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Otey
Manila, Philippines25 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
We went there during the lavender season. It was beautiful and peaceful. There were only a few people visited this place. Getting there was easy. We took bus 108 at Makomanai Station, No. 2 bus stop. There’s also Rotunda Cafe where you can get lavender float, which was so good!
Written August 13, 2019
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