The Giant Buddha of Mount Nokogiri is one of the most interesting excursions that can be done from Tokyo.
It can be visited in less than a day and it is one of the most impressive visits you will be able to do.
We recommend that you leave a gap in your travel plans to visit it. Here I explain everything about this giant Buddha, the beautiful places that surround it and how to get there.
The Buddha of Mount Nokogiri (Nokogiriyama), at 31.05 meters high, is the largest seated Buddha in Japan.
The famous giant Buddhas of Kamakura and Nara measure “only” 13.35 and 18.18 meters, respectively.
When we think of a Great Buddha (大 仏, Daibutsu), our mind usually goes to the Kotokuin temple in Kamakura or the Todaiji temple in Nara, where there are two giant, spectacular and very touristy Buddhas. However, neither of them actually holds the title of the greatest Buddha in Japan. That title falls on the Great Buddha of Mount Nokogiri or Nihon-ji Daibutsu (日本 寺 大 仏).