This temple houses one of the three Great Buddhas of Japan. Seeing the Great Buddha is a must for foreign visitors.
Approximately 36 feet tall, this statue portrays the Vairocana Buddha, who sits atop a lotus pedestal in a state of enlightenment. He is a principal figure in Tendai Buddhism, which focuses on the Lotus Sutra, the impermanence of all things, and the ability for all beings to gain enlightenment. His giant, impassive visage is an embodiment of the concept of emptiness.
Nofukuji is said to have been founded in 805 AD by the monk Saicho, who brought Tendai and esoteric Buddhism to Japan from China.
Hours: 9:00 – 17:00
Address: 1-39 Kita-Sakasegawa-cho, Hyogo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 652-0837
Website: Website: http://www.shin-saigoku.jp/temple/27_noufukuji_01.html (Japanese)
How To Get There
JR Line Hyogo Station: Walk 10 minutes east.