Nirvana Statue of Jorakuzan Mantokuji Temple (萬徳寺釈迦涅槃仏) (Photo: Jessica A Paje)

Jorakuzan Mantokuji Temple, Chiba

Statue of a reclining Buddha in Tateyama

Jessica A Paje   - 1 min read

Located off of Route 410 in the southern part of Tateyama in Chiba, Jorakuzan Mantokuji Temple (萬徳寺) is a short hike up along a paved walkway surrounded by bamboo. At the end of the trek, you’ll discover the statue of reclining Buddha framed by a forest of green trees and palms. Built in 1982, the bronze statue weighs in at 30 tons and is 16 meters wide. Resting with his head in his hand and feet together, this sleeping pose symbolizes the day the Buddha entered Nirvana. It is one of the largest reclining Buddha statues in eastern Asia.

Hours of Operation are 9:00am to 5:00pm; weather permitting.

Jessica A Paje

Jessica A Paje @jessica.paje

Originally from San Diego, California, I lived in Yokosuka, Japan, for 5 years. In 2010, I arrived with a new outlook on my future. Mainly, to refocus on family and let my curiosities take us to places we’ve only dreamt of. Along the way, we’d hopefully develop new friendships and simply collect ...