The Gifu Great Buddha is 13.7 meters tall, with ears 2.1 meters long and nose 0.4 meters high. Along with the Great Buddhas at Nara and Kamakura, it is one of the three great Buddha portrait statues in Japan. It was finished in 1832, during the Edo Period (1603-1868) after 38 years of construction. It is designated as an important cultural asset of Gifu prefecture.
The construction technique used for the statue was to first make molds with wood, bamboo, and clay, then layering the molds with Japanese paper decorated with Buddhist sutra, a second layer of Japanese lacquer, and a third and final layer of gilding. This is the largest statue in Japan constructed by this technique. It is known and loved as the “Basket Buddha,” because of its woven bamboo framework, which resembles a basket.
The serene and dignified Buddha smiling down upon his visitors makes the hall a healing and soothing space.
The Hall of the Great Buddha
Shoho-ji Temple is a branch temple of Uji Manpuku-ji Temple of the Obaku sect. You can observe the Chinese design influence in its architecture and ornamentation.
|Open||9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.|
|Admission fee||Adults: 200 yen, Children: 100 yen|
|Closed||Open throughout the year|
Take one of the following buses at JR Gifu Station or Meitetsu Gifu Station to “Gifu Park/ Gifu City Museum of History.” (Takes 15 min, 200 yen/one way.)
|Address||8 Daibutsu-cho, Gifu-City|
- Tourist Information in Gifu City:
- Feel free to contact the Gifu City Tourist Information Office when you visit Gifu City.