Takaoka Daibutsu Buddha

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Takaoka Daibutsu Buddha
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Peter R.
Ulsan, South Korea1,348 contributions
A worthwhile detour from nearby Toyama!
Jul 2019
In Toyama for 2-nights, with a couple of hours to spare before dinner; this proved to be sufficient time to make a detour to Takaoka to see the Great Buddha. It only takes about 17-mins to travel the 18.8km on the Ainokaze Toyama Railway and the helpful staff at the Tourist Information Office at Takaoka Station kindly provided a map and directions for the 10-min walk to the statue.

The 15.85m tall bronze statue weighing 65 tons, was cast in-situ by the coppersmiths of Takaoka over 3 decades between 1907 and 1933 and is now referred to as one of the three 'Great Buddhas of Japan'. The statue was moved to its' present location in 1981 after the ground supporting it on the original site began to give way. Prior to the bronze statute, an original statue had been made of wood and gilded with gold leaf in 1745 but had burnt down on a number of occasions (lastly in 1900). The wooden head of the previous statue is enshrined within the modern statue which can be entered at the base.

Although the Takaoka statue has neither the historical importance nor the artistic magnificence of the other two 'Great Buddhas of Japan' (located in Nara and Kamakura), it was nevertheless well worth spending a little time to take it all in. A worthwhile detour!
Written March 31, 2020
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liburannatal
Singapore, Singapore36 contributions
One of the three Great Buddhas in Japan
Dec 2019
Takaoka Great Buddha is considered one of the three Great Buddhas in Japan (the other two are in Kamakura and Nara) but it is not as comparable to the other two.

I would not make a special trip to Takaoka just for this but if you happen to be in the area, it is alright to give it a visit. It is about 10 minutes walk from Takaoka station.
Written January 2, 2020
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onichan8yuki
Osaka, Japan53 contributions
Worldly desires & Welcome to world of Buddha!
Feb 2019 • Family
Metal workers of TAKAOKA-city had made this huge Buddha!
When you arrive, you can see this huge one and feel like you are now in the world of Buddha and maybe listen the word of “Worldly desires”=”BONNOU” & also WELCOME!.
You can get into the under the Buddha area and see many Smile’s Buddhas. Good place for healing & see many faces of Buddha! You maybe naturally smile on your face! Near the place, there are many historical places and restraints of traditional buildings.
Oh-by the way, you can find many delicious SAKE in there! Kanpai!
You can also feel that I am in the part of historical Japan! Enjoy!
Written May 8, 2019
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ECWorld
Hong Kong, China2,630 contributions
Big Buddha, small unimpressive temple
Apr 2019 • Solo
Very few visitors on the cold and rainy day when I visited. Setting is less than impressive, not a whole lot to see in addition to the Buddha, which by itself impressed in terms of size but not style.
Written April 5, 2019
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Tim H
Sydney, Australia246 contributions
Worth a visit
Feb 2019 • Solo
Easy to find and worth a visit, it looks much more impressive in the flesh. Also close to the park which is worth exploring, the paths in the park also follow the river, together they make a pleasant afternoon.

Written March 3, 2019
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Hui Xin Seah
Singapore, Singapore179 contributions
Nice small temple
Dec 2018 • Couples
Situated in the quiet Takaoka town, it was a short walk from Takaoka train station. Great Buddha statue, do drop by if you plan to visit Takaoka.
Written January 5, 2019
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SeeMoreLiveMore
Singapore, Singapore526 contributions
Small temple ...
Dec 2018 • Couples
This is one of the 3 of the most famous big Buddha statues. However, unlike the one in Kamakura and Nara, this temple is pretty small. It was very quiet and serene when I visited. I found this place to be totally lovely.
Written December 17, 2018
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Joy_Sinha
Kolkata (Calcutta), India2,388 contributions
Great Buddha @ Takaoka, Toyama
Apr 2018 • Solo
The great Buddha statue (Daibutsu) Located in Takaoka city, Toyama prefecture. It is one of the 3 great Buddha statues of Japan. The other 2 being Kamakura and Nara. It is a bronze statue made using local casting techniques. The statue is roughly 16 metres tall.
The base below the statue can be entered and the original wooden statue head is on display. The original statue was destroyed by fire.
The Great Buddha is located at a ten minute walk north-east of JR Takaoka Station. There is a small park leading to the statue.
No entry fee is charged here.
Written May 10, 2018
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Yasuko G
Portland, OR291 contributions
One of the three great Buddha
Mar 2018 • Friends
This is not Nara, not even Kamakura scale. But I would like to believe this is the best. My home town favorite. It's less known, so you never have to feel you are rushed or squeezed in. You can spend ten minutes or three hours. It's up to you. Besides it's free!
Written March 29, 2018
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1966Jamo
Takaoka, Japan87 contributions
The Takaoka Daibutsu is claimed as one of the three great Buddha statues of Japan.
Dec 2017 • Friends
It certainly is a large Buddha statue at almost 16m in height, weighing around 60 tonnes and being forged from copper. It took almost 30 years to produce and replaced the wooden Daibutsu which had burnt down several times in the course of it's life.

It is free to visit and can be accessed during a stroll around Takaoka city, not too far from the main railway station.

It doesn't have the grandeur of Todaiji or Kamakura or a few of the other large Buddha sites, but certainly provides a peaceful place to pass some relaxing time.

Over the years I have been to this part of Japan to visit family, I've been here many times to sit in the garden and soak up the peaceful environment.
Written December 29, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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