Ushiku Daibutsu – Ibaraki | Travel Information

Ushiku Daibutsu

The Ushiku Daibutsu, located in Ibaraki Prefecture, is among the top five tallest statues in the world, coming in at a total of 120m tall – 10m high base, 10m high lotus pedestal, and the statue of Amitabha Buddha which stands at 100m tall. All in all, the total structure weighs in at over 4,000 TONS. 

The Ushiku Daibutsu was completed in 1993, taking roughly 10 years to build.

Visitors to the Ushiku Daibutsu can take an elevator ride a total of 85m in the interior of the statue to an observation platform – On a clear day, you can see as far as the Tokyo Skytree from the observation deck. Inside, you can find also among other cool exhibits, a  mesmerizing room known as ‘The World of Lotus Sanctuary’, which contains 3000+ Buddha statues known as Tainaibutsu, which act as a form of grave for families who have purchased one for a deceased loved one.

To give you a sense of scale, the famous Daibutsu in Nara’s Todai-ji temple is only the size of one of the Ushiku Daibutsu’s hand. The statue stands out like a sore thumb in the rural town of Ushiku, and is taller than any building in the nearby area. From 1993, until 2008, the Ushiku Daibutsu held the world record for the tallest statue in the world.

Hours and Admission

  • Hours: 9:30am-4:30pm Week days, 5:00pm Weekends (March - September)
  • Hours:9:30am-4:00pm Daily (October-February)
  • 800JPY (April-November) 700JPY(December-March)
  • Average Time Spent: 1 Hour
  • Official Website

Accessing the Ushiku Daibutsu

From Ushiku Station, you can take the bus on platform 2 of the Ushiku Bus Station – accessible outside Ushiku Stations east exit, and ride until Ushikudaibutsu Station, which is about 30 minutes away from the the Ushiku Station. The bus trip will cost 680JPY one way. 

Ushiku, and the surrounding area, is only about an hour outside of Tokyo.

Where To Stay Near Ushiku Daibutsu

Hotel Lifetree Hitachinoushiku

The Hotel Lifetree Hitachinoushiku is a convenient hotel for those wanting to visit the Ushiku Daibutsu, as it’s located only one stop on the train line from the Ushiku Bus Station. 

Hotel Green Core Tsuchiura

Spacious rooms, modern facilities and great service are just a few of the many great things to expect when you stay at the Hotel Green Core Tsuchiura. 

​Hotel Marroad Tsukuba

The Hotel Marroad Tsukuba comes equipped with all the facilities that you could possibly need, making your stay at the hotel, a comfortable and relaxing one.

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