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Nanzoin, Sasaguri-machi
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Nanzo-in Temple is a Shingon sect Buddhist temple in Sasaguri, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. It notable for its bronze statue of a reclining Buddha, said to be the largest bronze statue in the world.HistoryNanzo-in temple was originally located on Mt. Koyasan, but local anti-Buddhist authorities threatened to destroy the temple in 1886. Public outcry lead to a decade-long effort to have the temple transferred to Sasaguri. It was moved in 1899, under the leadership of Sasaguri priest, Hayashi Satoshiun. Nanzo-in temple is the main location among the 88 temples that make up the Sasaguri pilgrimage route, one of the three famous walking pilgrimages in Japan.Today, the temple and its surrounding grounds receive more than 1 million visitors annually.LotteryA chief priest of Nanzo-in temple once won the lottery after laying his ticket next to a statue of Daikoku. The temple claims that others who have made a similar effort have also won the lottery, bringing the temple associations with luck and lottery tickets.Reclining BuddhaThe reclining Buddha statue, known as either Nehanzo or Shaka Nehan ("Nirvana") is 41 meters long, 11 meters high, and weighs nearly 300 tons. The statue depicts Buddha at the moment of death, or entrance into nirvana.The interior holds ashes of Buddha and two Buddhist adherents, Ananda and Maudgalyayana. Those relics were a gift from Myanmar as thanks for the sect's donations of medical supplies to children in both Nepal and Myanmar. In 1995, 1,300 monks from Myanmar and Nepal attended the unveiling of the reclining Buddha statue.
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  • This is one place the wife wanted to stop at. I was against it at first but glad she always gets her way. Really cool place and a great spot to take scenic pictures. 
  • Nanzoin temple is well worth the short train ride from Hakata station. The location is delightful and the largest resting Buddha outdoors simply stunning. 
  • It is a temple about 30 minutes of JR Hakata station. Confirmed the timetable because trains are not much better. Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect of Buddhism, so have a lot of Kobo Daishi's. From the nearest train station is near 3 minutes walk, so very easy to access. I think externals tend to slope in the temple is easy to walk. It was visited 11-leaves peak in nice atmosphere. It is of course good reclining.
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