Goddess of Kannon

The Goddess of Kannon (仙台大観音) is a spectacularly huge statue of Kannon, the Deity of Mercy, near Sendai in Tohoku. It is over 100 meters tall and visitors are able to enter and walk up for views over the city and pacific ocean. It is the sixth tallest statue in the world!

Budget travel tips

  • There is a MOS Burger restaurant and 7-11 outside if you need to eat something cheap.
  • Best as a day trip from Sendai.

How to get there

From Sendai station, take a bus from bus stop No. 14 in the direction of Seiwa College. Get off at Sendai Dai Kannon-mae (仙台大観音前)(about 40 minutes).


Open: 10:00-17:00 (Oct-Mar 16:30)

Cost: Free to enter (500 charge to enter pray area)


Recommended Hostels and Cheap Hotels

Guesthouse Umebachi

Well regarded guesthouse, not far from central Sendai. Check prices at the official site.

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Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.