The Buddha is one of the most recognizable images in Japanese culture. In Ueno, Buddha is given tribute at a site known as Daibutsu Yama, or The Great Buddha Hill.
There are two great Buddhas in this area. The first great Buddha was created by Hori Naoyori; a feudal lord that governed the Murakami area. However, in 1647, an earthquake destroyed the sculpture. It wasn’t until many a monk named Jyoun created the second great Buddha did the Daibutsu Yama house yet another great sculpture. In 1923, another earthquake struck Daibutsu Yama, destroying the statue. The body and the pedestal of the Buddha were no longer restored and now only the face of the second Buddha remains at the Kan-eiji Temple, enshrined on a wall in a unique, relief-style setting.
The pagoda on Daibutsu Yama was built in 1972 and headed by the Ueno Tourist Association. Included in the pagoda’s construction were three Buddhist images.
And while Ueno is known for its pandas, the Great Buddha Hill is one of the most iconic spots in the area and is worth a visit.
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