Nanzoin, Sasaguri-machi

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Nanzo-in Temple is a Shingon sect Buddhist temple in Sasaguri, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. It is 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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  • Just less half an hour train ride, you will get to enjoy the peacefulness here. The reclining Buddha is spectacular. This less known place helps to maintain the serenity.  more »
  • Chikuzen Yamate station takes about 30 minutes, visited two Temple has arrived! From Castle House South of Mae Station arrive in 5 minutes! Many were tourists from overseas, families or couples! Many French and good-luck spot, next time I slowly pray and want to!
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  • What a beautiful and serene place...There are 88 temples in the area with the big attraction being the reclining Budda. The place is a short train ride from Fukuoka and it is a must see if you are eve...  more »
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