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Echizen Daibutsu: Hidden Gem in a Beautiful Valley

Posted on March 16, 2021

Nestled in a beautiful valley in Katsuyama, Fukui Prefecture, over 1200 buddhas await. The largest buddha is over 17 meters tall in its seated position. The temple was built in the 1980’s by a businessman, making it one of Japan’s younger landmarks. The quiet valley with great mountains beyond creates very picturesque scenery. 

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The temple spans over a wide area and exhibits many visual wonders. This roofed pathway leads up to the entrance of the main building. Another path mirrors it on the left creating beautiful symmetry. 

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The surrounding mountains are beautiful in all seasons whether they are snow-capped or a lush green.

The temple is transformed with the winter snow. After a deep snowfall, the statues along the way appear to be tucked in to the most lovely white blanket.

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As you approach the entrance you may be taken aback by the sheer magnitude of this great temple. It towers above with great certainty and strength.

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In contrast, the interior beams with the soft gold glow of the great buddha.

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The scale and intricacy of the temple is very impressive, encouraging you to take in every detail and scene.

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With each step, focus in on a new detail in the the carvings and layers before you.

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Entry for adults is 500 yen and only 300 yen for children.

The Katsuyama Dinosaur museum is also nearby, with life-size dinosaur statues among the forest-park along with giant insects. If you’re traveling with kids, it might be fun to stop by both wonders and make a full day of it!

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