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The Most Stylish Buddha in Japan gets a Fashionable Upgrade during Sakura Season

The 18m tall Great Buddha (daibutsu) statue in Konan, Aichi prefecture is somewhat affectionately known as the “Great Buddha with Sunglasses”. That’s because when viewed from just the right angle from behind the Nagoya’s Railway Co.’s Inuyama Line train crossing, the Great...

Taking in the Sights on a Kamakura Tour

Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine
Kamakura is the ultimate Tokyo day trip. From the Great Buddha of Kotoku-in to the tree-lined grounds of the Hachimangu Shrine, Kamakura affords a chance to see some of the most iconic landmarks Japan has to offer. Best of all, it’s all...

The Biggest of Buddhas: The Great Buddha at Todai-ji Temple

Its creation nearly bankrupted the nation. Weighing over 500 tons and measuring an impressive 15 meters (49 feet) tall, Todai-ji Temple’s Great Buddha absolutely dwarfs his admirers. He rightfully holds the title of the largest bronze Buddha in the world. His equally...