390-foot Buddha the tallest in Japan

The Ushiku Daibutsu in Tsukuba, Japan, was built in 1993 to commemorate the birth of Shinran, founder of the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism. THERON GODBOLD/STARS AND STRIPES
The Ushiku Daibutsu in Tsukuba, Japan, was built in 1993 to commemorate the birth of Shinran, founder of the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism. THERON GODBOLD/STARS AND STRIPES

390-foot Buddha the tallest in Japan

by Theron Godbold
Stars and Stripes

If you’ve ever taken the Ken-o Expressway to Narita airport, you passed an unforgettably large statue of Buddha.

About two hours northeast of Yokota Air Base, in a suburb of Tsukuba called Ushiku, the Ushiku Daibutsu, a bronze statue built in 1993 and nearly 38 stories tall, was once listed by Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest statue of Buddha. It was unseated by the Laykyun Sekkya Buddha in Myanmar.

It is still the tallest Buddha in Japan. By comparison, the Ushiku Daibutsu at 390 feet is more than 300 feet taller than the well-known seated Great Buddha of Kamakura.

Visitors must remove their shoes upon entering the hollow statue. A bag is provided to store them. Illuminated busts of Buddha fill the darkened first story and the sounds of wind and chimes fill your ears.

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