The Shodoshima Great Kannon (Shodoshima 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 (北廻り福田線) bound for Fukuda Port (福田港) and get off at Koumagoe (小馬越). 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.