Ushiku Daibutsu

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Ushiku Great Buddha
Image of the Ushiku Daibutsu
Coordinates35°58′57″N 140°13′13″E / 35.98250°N 140.22028°E / 35.98250; 140.22028Coordinates: 35°58′57″N 140°13′13″E / 35.98250°N 140.22028°E / 35.98250; 140.22028
LocationUshiku, Ibaraki, Japan
DesignerŌtani Kōshō
  • statue: 100 metres (330 ft)
  • including base: 120 metres (390 ft)
Completion date1993

Ushiku Daibutsu (牛久大仏) is a statue located in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. Completed in 1993, it stands a total of 120 metres (390 ft) tall, including the 10 m (33 ft) base and 10m lotus platform. The statue held the record for the tallest statue from 1993–2008. As of 2018, it is one of the top five tallest statues in the world. It was the world's tallest statue until 30 October 2018 when a statue in India exceeded Ushiku Daibutsu.[1]

An elevator takes visitors up 85 m (279 ft) to an observation floor. The statue depicts Amitabha Buddha and is made of bronze. It is also known as Ushiku ARCADIA (Amida's Radiance and Compassion Actually Developing and Illuminating Area). It was built to commemorate the birth of Shinran, founder of the Jōdo Shinshū 浄土真宗 or "True Pure Land School" of Buddhism.[2]


  • Weight: 4,003 tonnes (8,825,000 lb)
  • Length of Left Hand: 18.00 m (59.06 ft)
  • Length of Face: 20.00 m (65.62 ft)
  • Length of Eye: 2.55 m (8.4 ft)
  • Length of Mouth: 4.5 m (15 ft)
  • Length of Nose: 1.2 m (3.9 ft)
  • Length of Ear: 10.00 m (32.81 ft)
  • Length of the First Finger: 7.00 m (22.97 ft)

Inside the statue itself is a four story building, which serves as a kind of museum.

Level 1, Infinite Light and Infinite Life 
The first floor lobby is dark, and as you enter music floats toward you from the darkness. In the center of the room a single shaft of light shines from above onto a cauldron of smoking incense. Beyond it is the elevator to the other floors.
Level 2 (10.0 m), World of Gratitude and Thankfulness 
Mostly dedicated to scriptural studies
Level 3 (20~30.0 m), World of the Lotus Sanctuary 
3000 samples of gold Buddha statues
Level 4 (80~85.0 m), Room of Mt. Grdhrakuta 
Also on the fourth floor are windows looking out from the buddha's chest onto the adjacent flower garden and small animal park.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "10 Tallest Statues of World | The Beautiful Monuments". Holiday Sarthi. 18 January 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Ushiku Daibutsu". Must Love Japan.

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Preceded by
Sendai Daikannon
100 m (328 ft)
World's tallest statue
Succeeded by
Spring Temple Buddha
128 m (420 ft)