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Nanzoin, Sasaguri-machi

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Historic Site
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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  • Took the express train from Hakata Station to Kido Nanzoin-mae Station and a 5 minute walk to Nanzion. Walk is relaxing as there is a bridge, some shops along the way. The reclining Buddha was quite a...  more »
  • The title and is 30 minutes from Hakata station houses South of Mae Station of sasaguri line. Castle House South of Mae Station is 4 minutes walk. Many jizo, as a sacred place and a spot in the local famous. So don't think Hakata, Highland scenery is beautiful.
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  • Of the lottery and went on to ask. It's pretty tough because the stairs are steep, still does not walk children to hug you. But for elderly people or pregnant woman's lot, overflowed with tourists even during the week. Reclining Buddha is really great.
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