Definitely Worth Photographing! Six Huge Statues Around Japan
There are many places around Japan where you can see amazingly huge statues. Here are six massive statues to see while sightseeing. Don't forget to take pictures with them!
1. Godzilla Head (Tokyo)
Godzilla suddenly appears in the middle of Tokyo! It is actually a huge 12m-high statue of Godzilla's head on the terrace of Hotel Gracery Shinjuku in Shinjuku Toho Building in Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku.
If you go to Cafe Terrace Bonjour on the 8th floor, you can go out onto the terrace and see it up close. You can drop in during the week, but beware that at busy times, such as weekends and holidays, you will need to get a numbered ticket. The cafe serves Godzilla-themed sweets, so try them out.
2. Tetsujin 28-go (Hyogo)
You can encounter Tetsujin 28-go in Wakamatsu Park, just south of JR Shin-Nagata Station in Kobe. Built approximately 18m high, it is a huge and powerful statue.
Tetsujin 28-go is a character in the popular 1950's and 60's manga, Tetsujin 28-go, which also became a TV animated series. The main character is a boy who controls the massive Tetsujin 28-go robot to fight evil. The author, Mitsuteru Yokoyama, has deep connections with Shin-Nagata, so the town also has other monuments related to his works, such as a stone statue of a warrior who appears in his representative work, Sangokushi (Records of Three Kingdoms).
3. Sendai Daikannon (Miyagi)
If you visit Sendai, don't forget to check out the 100m tall Sendai Daikannon. It is a huge statue of the Kannon dressed in white in Daikanmitsu-ji Temple and is said to make wishes come true with the wishing gem in her right hand, and to bestow wisdom with the water in the pitcher in her left hand.
The interior is open to visitors and is divided into 12 stories in which 108 Buddha statues that represent worldly desires and 33 forms of Kannon are kept. There is also a viewing window from which visitors can see the city and Pacific Ocean.
*It is free to visit, but there is a fee to receive a protective amulet (500 JPY for high school students and older)
4. Blue Whale (Tokyo)
Blue whales are considered to be the largest living animals in the world today. The National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno Park in Tokyo has a life-size model of a blue whale.
The large body, which is 30m in length, is recreated as it would appear when it is about to dive from the surface, deep into the water. Everything from the spots on the body, that is based on the latest research, to the sensory hairs and artificial eyes made under the supervision of researchers, are realistically recreated. It is outside, so it can be viewed regardless of whether the museum is open.
5. Ushiku Daibutsu (Ibaraki)
With a length of 120m, the Ushiku Daibutsu in Ushiku, is the world's largest bronze statue!
The interior offers a variety of experiences, including panels depicting the construction process, a model of the Daibutsu's thumb, and an area where you can hand copy sutras (200 JPY and up). The bust is an observatory, so you can see all around from a height of 85m. Depending on the weather, you can even see Tokyo SkyTree and Mt. Fuji!
The area around the Daibutsu is a huge garden that depicts the world of Buddhism, with everything from a flower field, a zoo of small animals, and a souvenir shop that sells Daibutsu goods.
Entrance fee: 800 JPY for adults, 400 JPY for children
6. Dinosaurs (Fukui)
These are huge moving dinosaurs near JR Fukui Station, the gateway to Fukui. They are life-size recreations of the Fukuiraptor, Fukuisaurus, and Fukuititan, that lived in Fukui. The largest, Fukuititan, is about 6m tall. They are distinguished not only by their size, but by the movements that are based on academic research.
The dinosaurs are here because Katsuyama has been the source of the largest number of dinosaur fossils in Japan, accounting for about 80% of all dinosaur fossils found in Japan. The city also has the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (720 JPY/general admission), so check it out as well.
There are huge statues of everything from famous characters to the Buddha and dinosaurs. Go and check them out to experience their size in person.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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