Shobo-ji Temple

Gifu, Chubu

Shobo-ji is located in Daibutsu-cho, Gifu-shi, in Gifu Prefecture. A great image of Buddha was erected at the temple early in the 19th century in memory of those who lost their lives to earthquakes and epidemics. At 13.7 m, it ranks in size alongside the great images of Buddha in Nara and Kamakura. The image differs from these others, however, on one major point: it is dry-lacquered. A shortage of funds forced its builders to construct it from a framework of wood and bamboo, covered in Japanese paper thickly coated with clay on which sutras were written; and then it was lacquered and gilded. As it reminds the viewer of a bamboo-work basket, people call it the “Basket Buddha Image.”


8 Daibutsu-cho, Gifu-shi, Gifu
Admission Fee
200 yen (regular fee)
[Bus]Meitetsu Gifu Station/Bus/15 min./Gifukoen-Rekishihakubutsukan (History Museum)-mae Bus Stop/On foot/3 min.

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