Takaoka Daibutsu

Page Number T4000087  Updated on  April 4, 2018  Print

Takaoka Daibutsu (photo)

Takaoka City’s emblematic Daibutsu (Great Buddha) is one of the Three Great Buddha statues in Japan. It was completed in 1933, after three decades of work using traditional copper-ware techniques.

The original, built in 1745, was carved from wood and gilded with gold leaf. After its destruction by two successive fires, Matsuki Sozaemon suggested that a replacement be built using fire-resistant materials. Copper was chosen because of Takaoka’s long dominance of the copper-ware trade, as over 90% of Japan’s copper temple bells, statues and other crafts was produced in the city. The Takaoka Daibutsu is a memorable piece, made completely by the artistry of local Takaoka craftsmen, from the molding to the painting.

Total height: 15.85 meters. Weight: 65 tons. A Registered Tangible Cultural Asset of Takaoka City.

Takaoka Daibutsu (photo)

Facility info.

Admission fee
Money offering
Open hours
6:00 a.m. ~ 6:00 p.m. (Pathway under Great Buddha’s Base)
Closed days
11-29 Otemachi, Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture
[Express bus]
One way 4,400 yen
Takayama Nouhi Bus Center / 120 min. by express bus / Kanazawa-Eki-Mae / Transfer to JR train / JR Kanazawa Station / 20 min. / JR Takaoka Station / 10 min. walk / Takaoka Daibutsu

[JR train]
One way 1,890 yen
JR Takayama Station / 120 min. / JR Toyama Station / Transfer 20 min. / JR Takaoka Station / 10 min. walk / Takaoka Daibutsu

*Fees shown here are just for reference. For details, please check the relevant website.