Ushiku Daibutsu, located near Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture, is the second tallest Buddha Statue in the world. Standing at a towering 120 m, the Daibutsu (Giant Buddha) shows Amida Buddha in a standing position atop a lotus platform. Amida or Amitabha is the principal Buddha according to the Pure Land Buddhism preached by the Jodo-Shinsho sect of Japan.
Impressive as it looks from the outside, the Daibutsu offers an immersive experience to visitors as one takes a tour of the main halls located inside the statue. On the first floor is the room called the World of Infinite Light and Life. The room contains an illumined Buddha statue in the otherwise completely dark room.
The third floor room containing 3,300 little gold statues of the Amida Buddha is said to represent the Pure Land of Amitabha Buddha. After making a tour of the Observation Room located at a height of 85 m, visitors make their exit through the second floor where they can copy in brush and ink the famous sutra Namu Amida Butsu.