The Shodoshima Great Kannon (¬“€“‡‘εŠΟ‰Ή, 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.

View from the observation deck

Access

By bus

From Ikeda Port take a bus along the Kitamawari Fukuda Line (–k‰τ‚θ•Ÿ“cό) bound for Fukuda Port (•Ÿ“c`) and get off at Koumagoe (¬”n‰z). 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.

By car or taxi

Alternatively the statue is accessible by rental car or taxi in about 15 minutes from Tonosho Port (about 2100 yen one way by taxi).

How to get to and around Shodoshima

Hours & Fees

Hours

8:00 to 17:00

Closed

No closing days

Admission

500 yen