Said to be the symbol of Kurume City, the all-white, 62-meter tall image of the kind mother Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, is overwhelming as it towers against the backdrop of the blue sky.
This is the Mt. Narita Kurume Branch Temple. The Temple shares the spirit and divinity of the deity that resides in Shinshoji, a popular temple in Narita City, Chiba Prefecture, where many Kabuki (classical Japanese drama) actors visit every year. You can also enter inside and climb up the towering image of the affectionate mother, Kannon.
Near the area stands a brown-colored stupa called the "Indian Village - Great Peace Pagoda Paradise." With a height of 38 meters, it was modeled to look exactly like the Buttagaya Hall of the Great Buddha in India. This is the only one of its kind in Japan and there are only two of this kind in the whole world. They also allow access to visitors in this area. Various diagrams, pictures, as well as valuable stupas are also enshrined in this hall.
At night, the tall, white image of the Goddess of Mercy is lit up and can be seen, even from a distance. As this can be seen on even from the Kyushu highway and outside the prefecture, it gives a sense of relief that you've finally come back to Kyushu.
9:00 to 17:00
Open all days of the year
Junior High School and Senior High School Students: ¥300
Children (12 years old and below): ¥100
All proceeds go to the Jigoku-kan, Goddess of Mercy Kan'on, Indian Village - Great Peace Pagoda Paradise, Underground Cave, Jewelry, Natural Stone Work History Museum Construction Assistance Fund
Parking Available for 700 cars (free of charge)
Mt. Narita Kurume Branch Temple Homepage (available in Japanese language only)