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“Still standing, as the 2014 review indicates.”
Review of Kamaishi Daikannon

Kamaishi Daikannon
Tokyo, Japan
Level 6 Contributor
88 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“Still standing, as the 2014 review indicates.”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

I am 100% sure of this because the unique thing about this towering white Kannon statue is it's located on a bluff several hundred feet above the coast, so it survived the tsunami. There is a panoramic view of the ocean, and the premises are pristine and spotless. The entrance to the attraction is hard to find; it's located in a big parking lot next to a road stop or amusement park (I had a rental car).

I am positive this was the Kannon that contain some rare bones or something, or some sacred artifact of an Indian Buddha. Which I thought quite odd. Reposing here??? After Googling, apparently it's "a stupa presented by a temple in Sri Lanka, in which a portion of Buddha's remains is enshrined."

There are similar white Kannon statues throughout Japan; the one in Zushi outside of Yokohama, the one in Takasaki City in Gunma, and the one on Shodoshima Island come to mind. The latter is conspicuous for being remiss on this very thorough site on giant Buddhas:

http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/big-buddha-japan.shtml

Note: I believe the Iron and Steel Museum is missing on Tripadvisor, as it's one of the Kamashi tourist attractions in addition to the Kaikannon statue.

Visited August 2013
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Tokyo, Japan
Level 6 Contributor
232 reviews
126 attraction reviews
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“Striking statue overlooking the sea”
Reviewed 31 January 2014

The Dai-Kannon of Kamaishi has stood high atop a hill overlooking Kamaishi Harbor since 1970. She's huge--48.5 meters tall--and visitors can climb up and step out onto a viewing platform cradled in her arms. Her plinth is basically a temple, containing a number of historical carvings. Also on the site is a small museum containing a number of ancient but well preserved stone carvings. We just dropped in for a visit because we could see the statue from quite a distance as we were driving through the town, but were very glad we did.

Visited September 2013
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