It's impossible to grasp the sheer size of the spectacular Shaka Nehan ("Nirvana") Buddha statue, which is said to be one of the largest Buddha statues in the world. It depicts Buddha at the moment of death, entering nirvana. The statue measures at 135 feet long, 36 meters high, and weighs 300 tons. The bronze behemoth looks almost jade or turquoise-colored these days, which only adds to its beauty. The story goes that within the statue are ashes of Buddha and two of his disciples.
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N33° 37' 04.9296"E130° 34' 26.6304"
I took this photo right in front of Shaka Nehan, the Reclining Buddha statue in Nanzoin.
To get to Nanzoin, take the JR Fukuhoku Yutaka Line (Sasaguri Line) from JR Hakata Station to Kido Nanzoin-mae Station (20 minutes by rapid train from Hakata Station). From the station, it is a 3-minute walk to the Nanzoin entrance.
The Nirvana statue can be reached from the main hall through the Seven Lucky Gods Tunnel.
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