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  • izyphotos
    Mascot, Australia708 contributions
    Todaiji was once one of Japan’s Seven Great Temples and houses the world’s largest bronze Buddha. As one of the main sites of interest in Nara, the Temple was originally built in 752 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    The Great Buddha is standing 16 meters tall, and there is a pillar at the back of the hall, which has a hole in the middle. Those who can squeeze through the hole are said to be assured of enlightenment and long life of happiness.

    The Nandaimon Gate which stands at the temple entrance is the largest gate of its kind in Japan, with the two guardians within known as the two kings of Todai-ji.
    The temple is a 19 minute walk from Kintetsu-Nara Station and a 30 minute walk from Nara Station.

    Note that the entry fee is just for entering the complex. If you want to enter the great Buddha hall or the Todaiji Museum, there are separate charges.
    Written April 18, 2022
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  • saikou
    Tokyo125 contributions
    Walking distance from the city center, it was a nice side trip. Brightly colored almost to the point of excess, they are nonetheless interesting to see. They've clearly been rebuilt not all that long ago. The forest setting is lovely.
    Written October 27, 2020
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  • Qianli
    Hitachi, Japan6 contributions
    Very nice church for marriage ceremony. Japanese girls love to visit this church. It's free to visit but you may need some guidance to find it because the city map just not friendly for drivers.
    Written November 21, 2020
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  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,764 contributions
    I visited the Peace Memorial Park with a tour group and it did not disappoint. The grounds are much larger then I expected, you need several hours here to explore the grounds, see the museum, and take in the scenery. I didn't have time for the museum or indoor buildings, I will do that next time, but I walked the grounds and viewed many of the memorials. The grounds are well organized and maintained and all of the memorials were easy to read and beautifully done. There are some observation decks are certain locations, the views of the ocean from this location are amazing! Near the parking lot there are souvenir shops and a few place to grab a bite to eat or have an ice cream. I will definitely be back here and will plan to visit longer to see it all.
    Written April 10, 2021
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  • Shigeabbott
    Abbottstown, PA212 contributions
    If you fly into Narita, you are likely to spot this giant Buddha from a highway. It’s a beautiful statue that is three times taller than the Statue of Liberty in NYC. We enjoyed the pond with Koi fish, a traditional Japanese monkey show, and the beautiful garden as well was the view from the Statue. Make sure you have good socks because you will have to take your shoes off to enter the statue. You also need to be very respectful as this statue is part of a temple and cemetery. If you have a few hours to spare, you should visit this temple.
    Written June 12, 2019
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  • BertSG
    Singapore440 contributions
    There are 7 sections at this memorial depicting the recruitment, training and deployment of these navy daughter pilots during WWII. All exhibits and explanations are in Japanese only. If you are into war history, this is a place to visit. For us it completes the cycle having visited the Kamakazi Pilot take off site in southern Kyushu.
    Written June 18, 2018
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  • Doai486
    44 contributions
    The JAL flight JL123 crash site is spread over a ridge on a mountain. The tree cover keeps most of the sun off, but it's still quite a trek and can be tiring. The simple maps help, but it can be easy to get dis-oriented if you're not careful. It's amazing to see all the different memorials - both collective and to individual victims. It's recommended to visit Irei-no-Sono before coming to the crash site.
    Written July 6, 2018
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  • Theresa S
    Singapore, Singapore23 contributions
    For those who wants to take bus to Our Lady of Akita:
    Just remember to board the bus at the rear door & after that, take the ticket from the machine inside the bus.
    Before alighting check your fare by matching the number issued on your ticket to the fare information digital board (located above the driver seat).
    When alighting, deposit ticket along with the fare in the fare box located at the front of the bus. ¥1000 note is accepted for any change if required.

    Buses leave aprox every 20-30 min from Akita West Entrance Bus Stop 12.
    #352 Nibetsu Line (Destination: Forest Study Center)
    #361 Akita Hot Spring Line (Destination: Yomogida Kamicho 蓬田上丁)
    #353 Nibetsu Line (Destination: Forest Study Center)

    Bus Route (Journey time aprox 20 min)
    Akita Station West Entrance Bus stop 12 - SenshuKubotaMachi - MeitokuES -
    TegataYamazaki - Sumiyoshicho - TegataKyukaMachi - HigashiJHS - TanakIriguchi - Karamiden - Ogiden - AsahiES - ShinToda - AsahikawaDanchi - KojoenIriguhi - KojoenNiChome - OnsenIriguchi - KeidaiKawara - Soekawa - SoekawaKamicho - Yuzawa 湯沢 (alight after freeway flyover) 19 stops
    One way fare ¥380.

    It is a 20 min walk uphill from Yuzawa Bus Stop. Just look for the church signboard & follow it.

    Seitai Hoshikai/Our Lady of Akita Open Hours:
    Apri-Nov 0900-1130 & 1300-1630
    Dec-Mar 1000-1130 & 1300-1630. Wed Afternoon mass in Japanese
    Main Chapel: Statue of Jesus, Left hall: Wood Statue of St Mary in Tears, Right hall: Statue of St. Joseph.
    Garden of Mary, Outdoor Station of the Cross is a beautiful place for reflection. Unfortunately too cold to spend outdoor due to heavy snowfall when we visited.
    Not your typical Catholic church building. Structure is very Japanese and serene.

    Return take the bus opposite the road that you had earlier alighted.
    Lookout for a Small hut (bus shelter) with a Pole that has a blue, yellow, red round plate at the top & rectangle bus schedule plates.
    #361 Akita Hot Spring Line. (Destination: Akita Station) (20 stops & the fare is ¥380).
    #353 Nibetsu Line (Destination: Akita Station) (20 stops & the fare is ¥380).
    #210 Soekawa Line (Destination: Akita Station) (27 stop & the fare is ¥460).
    Written January 3, 2020
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  • lazynana
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan22 contributions
    We enjoyed the visit in spite of the windy and cold weather. It’s also a good place to learn the history of the island and the relationship with Taiwan.
    Written February 23, 2020
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  • Michael L
    Gold Coast, Australia309 contributions
    A long way to go, but the stunning countryside makes the trip all worthwhile. Surprisingly there were about three tour buses there when we arrived making for a crowded scene. Still a really nice area with a few nice places to visit.
    Written December 30, 2018
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  • Manabu Yamaguchi
    76 contributions
    ハチ公生誕の地である大館駅は、秋田県北部に位置する県内有数の観光地です。近年は、比内地鶏やいぶりがっこなど食文化が注目されています。
    のんびり過ごしたい方は是非1度訪れてみて下さい。
    Odate Station is very famous for brithplace of Hachi.
    Here has a north area and one of biggest sightseeing place in Akita.
    Focus on attention sociology of food such as Hinai Jidori and smorking pickles in recently years.
    Let's go to most luxury place in Odate.
    Written December 2, 2019
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  • Dennis L
    Kumasi, Ghana144 contributions
    Imposing statue in a beautiful park. For those with no religious associations, it is a beautiful 'piece' of art. Close by though are industries making place noisy but there is a really pleasant small forest beyond the guards at the entrance to the statue and is calming enough
    Written November 3, 2018
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  • Kimitaka S
    Taichung, Taiwan12,236 contributions
    It is definitely worth visiting, or I rather say it is worth traveling to Kyushu to visit Usuki Stone Buddha. There are four different areas, you can see many statues of Buddha, which are engraved in grottos. There are explanations in multiple languages by scanning QR code. That is quite helpful. The area is not very big, and it takes maybe about one hour. In front of this site, there is a field called Stone Buddha Park. As I visited, flowers were in full bloom.
    Written April 16, 2020
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  • Michael A
    Stockholm, Sweden60 contributions
    Really touching with this memorial of a airline accident with a lot of victims. Rather much information of what happened, and it is made with respect. A visit with a serious touch.
    Written December 13, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.