Ushiku Daibutsu is one of the three tallest bronze Buddha statues in the world. The 120-meter-high and 4,000-ton statue was erected in 1993 and is currently in Ushiku, Ibaraki. The Daibutsu held the record for the tallest statue in the world from 1993 to 2008 .
It was erected to commemorate the birth of Shinran, the founder of the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism in Japan. From the 85-meter-high viewing platform you have a breathtaking view of the surroundings and can learn more about the Jodo Shinshu sect on the lower floors.
In the summer there is a special light and fireworks show that makes the statue shine brightly. At the New Year it also attracts many other visitors.
20-30-minute bus ride from JR Ushiku Station (Joban Line). Take the Kanto Railway bus from East Exit No. 2 heading towards Ushiku Daibutsu / Ami Premium Outlet, and get off at the Ushiku Daibutsu stop.