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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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  • We visited this beautiful temple with the large reclining Buddha during the week. By train, it went out there from Tenjin. Visitors didn't have it on the day, dad so we could visit the temple and the Buddha alone. The environment with small forest paths as well. The place can be quite idyllic without many tourists. A day, or half day excursion who lingers longer in Fukuoka should venture here.
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  • It's quite surprising that not many travel guides in Japan and HK introducing this place. Yes, it's a bit far from city, with some 50 minutes train time, it's really worth for everyone to pay a visit ...  more »
  • Is a little climb from the bottom of the waterfall, and rare statues and caves with lots of fun ways. Going to steadily move on and developed into sight, there lies with large reclining Buddha. Seems to have a Gold version in Bangladesh, but this size is still presence. Who was he visited often.
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