Nihonji Temple and numerous Stone Statues!
Hi I’m Nobu, I like traveling overseas and in Japan, visited 25 countries!
I’m a National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter of English for 8 years.
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I went to Nihonji Temple in Chiba Prefecture.
This temple was founded by Emperor Shomu in 725, and after going through several Buddha schools , it is now a Soto school temple.
The whole Mt.Nokogiri is the precinct of the temple.
Although the temple is well maintained.
It’s said that there are 2,639 steps, which is one of the highest in Japan.
What is even more impressive are the stone statues that cover the entire mountain.
Starting with a 31-meter statue of a seated Great Buddha there is a 30-meter standing statue of the Kannon (Goddess of Mercy), as many as 1,553 arhats, and other Buddhist statues.
These 1553 statues were carved by a famous sculptor and his 27 disciples during the Edo period (1603-1868), by 20 years.
The 31-meter statue of a seated Great Buddha is twice as large as the 16-meter statue of the Great Buddha at Todaiji Temple in Nara.
From the location of the 30-meter standing statue of the Kannon , we can see the peeking hell observatory of Mt.Nokogiri above.
The 1,553 statues of arhats are placed all over the mountain, and you will not have enough time to look at them all.
Why don’t you come and see these wonderful stone statues?
You will enjoy the hidden tourist spot near Tokyo!
I’m Nobu, one heart enjoy together!!!