Ushiku Travel Guide

  • The Buddha from a distance
    The Buddha from a distance
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  • The medium sized Golden Buddha
    The medium sized Golden Buddha
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  • I am so small compared to the big toe!
    I am so small compared to the big toe!
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Ushiku Things to Do

  • You can't miss the 1st Floor!

    I just found out that I did my tips backwards. Do you know why? Because you don't really go to the first floor first. How did that happen?The guided tour goes to the fifth floor first and then you go down to the next level. We took the elevator going up all the way to the 5th floor which is the head of the Buddha. Then we don't take the elevator...

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  • Go to the 2nd Floor of the Ushiku...

    Take the stairs going down to the second floor of the Ushiku Daibutsu. You are no longer on the head of the Buddha but actually in the body of the Buddha. Taking the stairs is better because you see more of the exhibits. They have tons of pictures on the wall, lots of information to read and more displays of arts and crafts to buy. There is an...

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  • Go to 3rd Floor (World of the Lotus...

    The world of the Lotus Sanctuary represents the Pure Land. It is the golden world that surrounded the approximately 3, 300 images of Buddha.In here, they accept offer to hold a memorial service for the dead. Talisman is also available for sale.

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  • The bigger the Buddha, the bigger the...

    The local residents donated the golden buddhas inside the Ushiku Buddha. If you look closer at the buddhas, the names of the donors are etched on a plate including how much they have donated. The small buddhas cost $1,000.00 each and there are millions of them. The medium size Buddhas cost about $5,000.00.

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  • Visit the Ushiku Buddha garden

    The Ushiku Buddha garden is beautiful. There are different well manicured garden with bonsai, bamboos and other trees. My sister told me that in Spring time, the garden is filled with flowers. However, this time of year, which is November when I visited Ushiku, the flowers are gone. The bonsai are beautiful though.

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  • The Buddha's toe is taller than me!

    Imagine how tall the Ushiku Buddha is. It is taller than the Empire State building. Then, imagine, how big his toe is!One of the toes of Buddha is inside the building on display so people can see how it was made and built.

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  • Make a donation and make a wish!

    As we walked past the pictures of how the Ushiku Buddha was made, there is a place where you can write down your wish. Then you hang this paper of your wish. It is said that your wish will come true!I forgot what I had written. But, I am hoping that my wish will come true!

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  • Go to 4-5th floors (80-85 meters high

    The room of Mt. Grdharakuta. Mt. Grdharkuta is a name of the Indian place remebered in conneciton with Buddha. There are windows at every four direcitons. You can look out East, West, South and North

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  • Please remove your shoes before you...

    Before you enter any holy ground, make sure to remove your shoes to show respect and reverence to the place. There are plastic bags hanging in-front of the building of the Ushiku Buddha especially available for visitors. Remove your shoes and put them in the plactic bag and carry it with you before you get into the elevator. The Ushiku Buddha...

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  • Hit the gong before you enter the place

    When you are in Rome, do what the Romans do! Yes, this saying applies here at the Ushiku's Buddha. We were told to hit the gong first before we enter. So, that's what we did. I have to count six steps on a mini bridge (I followed the footprints that were already marked on the bridge) and pulled the long rope that linked to the gong. I hit it so...

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  • See how they built the Buddha

    You have to slow down on your way to the top of the Buddha. There are so many black and white pictures set up in series that depict the construction of the Buddha. There are pictures of how the Japanese constructed just the "big toe" of the Buddha. The enormous amount of cement poured on the toe and the steel that were put on the toe was just...

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  • Dog-friendly Property

    I've taken my dog to Chateau twice. The first time was on a rainy "hanami" Sunday(cherry blossom viewing season). Even though it was raining, the propery was full of visitors and there were some traffic control guys there. Everyone was nice to Yoshio, talked to her "Come on in, doggy."The next time we went there on a weekday after the cherry...

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  • House Brewed Beer and Wine

    There is a micro brewery in the property of Chateau Kamiya. You can enjoy the freshly brewed beer or ale at the garden BBQ or other restaurants here.

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  • BBQ @ Chateau Kamiya

    No need to hustle. Everything is ready there.Enjoy the garden view and BBQ.Meat Platter: about 1500yenSeafood Platter: about 1700yenMixed Platter: about 1900yen

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  • Chateau Kamiya

    As I mentioned on my intro, It used to be a winery. They no longer produce wine here but you can still enjoy yourself here. In the property, there are 3 restraunts, a cafe, a wine celler , a souvenir shop and the winery museum. It also has BBQ facilities in the garden. Oops, forgot to mention the chapel. I had my big day here!

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Ushiku Transportation

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    by joiwatani Written Feb 28, 2009

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    To my knowledge, I am not sure if there are public transportation that come to this tourist destination. I apologize but I didn't even think about getting this information. But, we came here by a car.

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Ushiku Local Customs

  • Please remove your shoes when you enter...

    Yes, you have to remove your shoes before entering the Ushiku Daibutsu. There are plastic bags at the front door where you put your shoes on.The tourist guide will tell you to do so if you didn't read the sign at the main door. She will tell you that in order to protect the carpet of the Ushiku Daibutsu, visitors should remove their shoes or...

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  • Blaming others for own faults. Not in...

    I am asked or almost on daily basis about how is like to live in Japan? "Two extremes!" I 've been told, regarding my "Latin culture" and the Japanese ways.Well , it is not that different if you pay attention to the details and forget a little bit about the many times digested predjuices you could have about Far East and "Latin Culture". But there...

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Ushiku Warnings and Dangers

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    by solo_mc Written Oct 21, 2003

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    don't do this at home, you may get hurt. If you have to examinate the inside of the bell, make it sure nobody is going to call for the attention of the gods. And I am not talking about the sound, the heavy bell can knock you out and you will satori in no time.

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Ushiku Tourist Traps

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    by joiwatani Written Nov 15, 2008

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    We probably got lost four times just going to the Ushiku Buddha. The road signs are very tricky plus the road leading to the Ushiku from our exit road goes to a housing and the roads are teeny-weeny in between houses!

    Unique Suggestions: Make sure to get the directions correctly. It is better to write it down. As the saying goes, better to have a short pencil than rely on your long memory!

    Fun Alternatives: Write down directions and always have that paper with you. Stop and ask directions.

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Ushiku Favorites

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    by joiwatani Written Dec 1, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Having a cellular phone while travelling is very handy. You can use it store a lot of numbers of hotels, restaurants and important numbers that you think you might need throughout your travel.

    If you are in Japan for business or for sightseeing tour and wanted to have a cellphone where you can get in touch with your family, friends or business partner, you can actually sign up for a cell phone at the Narita Airport Terminal 1, 1st Floor, Arrival Lobby.

    The cell phone booth is there close to where you can rent cars. There are sales representatives over there who could barely speak English. The ame of the cell phone company is GRP (Global Rent-A-Phone).

    When I signed up for a cell phone, they required me to show them my passport, driver's license where it shows my address and a credit car.

    Here's more information of the cell phone rental:

    Telephone Numer is 043-243-6662 (From Japan)
    +81-43-243-6662 (From Overseas)

    Fax Numer: 043-243-2241 (From Japan)
    +81-43-243-2241 (From Overseas)

    URL: http://www.tokyoay.co.jp/worldphone

    Narita Airport Termina 1 rth Floor:Garden Square - 17:30-19:30
    Narita Airport Terminal 2, 3rd Floor; Departure Loby -17:30-19:30
    Narita Airport Terminal 1, 1st Floor; Arrival Lobby- 17:30-19:30
    Kansai Airport 4th Floor, International Departure Lobby - 18:30-19:30
    GLOBAL Rent-A-Phone (GRP) - Kansai Airport 1st Floor; International Arrival Lobby- 17:00-22:00
    Central Japan Chubu Centrair Airport 3rd Floor: Arrival Lobby - 17:00-20:30

    Fondest memory: I love the culture, arts and traditions of Japan. The people are very polite and courteous. There's nothing like travelling and you feel safe and secure all the time....

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