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Gifu Shoho-ji Temple Daibutsu (Great Buddha)

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  • Excellent32%
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2 Oct 2018
“Nice place”
17 Feb 2018
“Just 15 mins here is worth it. ”
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8 Daibutsucho, Gifu 500-8018, Gifu Prefecture
+81 58-264-2760
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Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Beautifull authentic place! Great Buddha. People there are very kind. The buildings are impressive. Good to visit.

Thank Nancy C
Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

The big buddha is 18 m tall and stunning. The entrance fee is 200 JPY. I spent only 15 mins here. Nothing much.

Thank Tonkarn08
Reviewed 9 November 2017

In an excellent location near to Gifu Castle and the not to be missed cormorant fishing experience is a small in area temple housing a magnificent Giant Buddha. Stay for a while and contemplate in the tranquil atmosphere and admire the beauty of the almost...More

1  Thank DolloNorthNotts
Reviewed 12 July 2017

I rank this Quiet shrine a must see when visiting gifu...it's location is superb due to proximity of the Gifu Castle and Comorant fishing docks....no need to spend ¥¥ on cab fare..all within walking distance

Thank Dayne_1968
Reviewed 29 June 2017

We decided to visit Kinpozan Shohoji Temple to see the Gifu Great Buddha since it is along the way to Mount Kinka. We were very disappointed. The temple was so different from images in the internet and badly need a new coat of paint. We...More

1  Thank VickyYL
Reviewed 21 February 2017

This is a really a magically experience. If you find yourself in Gifu, please make your way here. It's a paper-mache buddha! It's beautiful and it's interesting to see the entire collection of clay monks who helped with this project. Each one depicted with their...More

Thank OSF35
Reviewed 21 February 2017

This indoor, 13.7m great Buddha statue was completed in 1832 after 38 years of construction. It is one of the top 3 great Buddha statues in Japan, alongside the ones in Nara and Kamakura. Can't help feeling marvelled at the skills and work of the...More

Thank CHTeo
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Drop in for a visit. It costs 200yen (about $2) to enter. The big Buddha is truly a sight to see. Sit down and take it all in. The staff can also provide you with an English information sheet about the history of it.

Thank Mingh H
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Even non-buddhists would marvel in the work done to make this giant Buddha. Not being allowed to use flash photography was okay because of the sun coming in through the windows the pictures still turned out great. If you are headed to Gifu mountain make...More

Thank Honestfoodiereview
Reviewed 29 July 2016

This is surprisingly badly sign-posted but well worth going. It's one of the three great Buddha statues in Japan, but unlike the other two, it's made from papier mache and took 38 years to make. It's in a very modest looking temple - from the...More

1  Thank Jane G
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