The Shodoshima Great Kannon (¬€εΟΉ, Sh63333;doshima Daikannon) is a large white statue depicting Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Completed in 1993 on the mountainside overlooking the western side of Shodoshima Island, the 50 meter tall statue houses a temple inside.
Visitors may enter and climb (or take an elevator most of the way up) to the top floor built into the Kannon's chest where the temple's holy relic, a tooth of the historical Buddha donated by a temple in Sri Lanka, is enshrined. This floor doubles as observation deck with views over Shodoshima.
Inside the base of the statue is a maze like series of halls containing hundreds of golden miniature replicas of the Great Kannon, which have been donated by temple goers. There is also a large traditional altar in the central hall where visitors may worship.
From Ikeda Port take a bus along the Kitamawari Fukuda Line (kτθcό) bound for Fukuda Port (c`) and get off at Koumagoe (¬nz). The one way ride takes 20 minutes and costs 300 yen. There are departures every two hours. The statue is a ten minute walk uphill from the bus stop. There are no direct buses from Tonosho Port.