Sightseeing Spot Details
Daihonzan Naritasan Kurume Temple
Daihonzan Naritasan Kurume Temple was founded after part of the spiritual embodiment from the Daihonzan Naritasan Shinshoji Temple in Chiba Prefecture (which is well-known throughout Japan for housing the “Fudo Myo”, or Buddhist Vicarious Protector) was given to it. Following the construction of the “Jeweled Gates of Good Fortune”, the Affectionate Mother Kannon statue was erected, costing a total of 2 billion Yen (or nearly 50 million dollars by today’s standards).
Incidently, the statue is 62 meters (203 feet) tall and made of reinforced concrete. The dot on her forehead is a gold plate 30 centimeters (11.8 inches) in diameter encrusted with 18 three-carat diamonds, and her ornamental necklace contains an arrangement of a crystal and 56 jade stones. The baby she cradles is 13 meters (nearly 43 feet) long.
Inside the statue, make your way up the spiral staircase to the observation window where you can see Mt. Unzen in the distance, or take the underground tunnel to Komyokaku Cave. The 88-stepped, all marble stairway is attracting attention as a new landmark, and the “Hell and Paradise Museum” is also gaining in popularity.