Architect : Tadao Ando Associates
Statue of the Buddha : 13.5m in height, 1,500t in weight.(The statue is made from stones that weighed 4,000 in total before they were worked.)
Visiting hours : 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.（April - October) , 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.（November - March）
Closed : The year-end and New Year's holidays,maintainance days
*A 300-yen donation per person is requested for maintaining the lavender fields and facilities.
This Buddha statue is known as the symbol of Makomanai Takino Cemetery. The recently created Hill of the Buddha, with the Atama Daibutsu at the center for worship,was created by world-famous architect Tadao Ando. “How does a statue become a more solemn,attractive figure? ” Ando asked himself. His bold answer was to cover the statue with a hill of lavender. Surprisingly,one only sees the head of the statue surrounded by the landscape of the hill.
Atama Daibutsu(The Buddha’s Head)was named for its novel, impressive appearance.It stands in perfect harmony with the surrounding landscape in all seasons. Thus has a new symbol of the cemetery been established.