[2024 Edition] A thorough guide to getting to the Echizen Great Buddha

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The Echizen Great Buddha of Daishizan Seidaiji temple in Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture, is a tourist spot that has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its otherworldly atmosphere. In this article, we will explain how to get to the Echizen Great Buddha. Please use this as reference ...

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What is the Echizen Great Buddha of Daishizan Seidaiji temple ?

The Echizen Echizen Great Buddha at Daishizan Seidaiji temple is 17 meters tall, 2 meters larger than the Great Buddha of Nara, and is the largest indoor seated statue in Japan.
Additionally, the walls of the Great Buddha Hall are lined with 1,281 marble stone sculptures, making it a popular photo spot on social media, especially Instagram, in recent years, with people saying it's like "you've wandered into another world."

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①Go by personal car or rental car

To get to Echizen Great Buddha by personal or rental car, follow the steps below.

If departing from JR Fukui Station

♦Time required: Approximately 50 minutes

♦Access: From Matsuoka IC on the Chubu Longitudinal Expressway, exit at Katsuyama IC, about 10 minutes

♦Fee: Gasoline fee (Chubu Longitudinal Expressway, Matsuoka IC - Katsuyama IC section)

♦Parking fee: Free (400 cars capacity)

When using trains and buses, you have to keep a certain time in mind, but when using a private car or rental car, you can go at your own pace and it is easy to carry a lot of luggage.

If you want to take your time sightseeing without being rushed, or if you have a lot of luggage, we recommend traveling by private car or rental car.

②Using trains and buses

To use public transportation such as trains and buses from Fukui Station, follow the steps below.

♦Access: From JR Fukui Station, change to the Echizen Railway Eiheiji Katsuyama Line and get off at the last Katsuyama, Katsuyama Station (about 60 minutes). Take the Community Bus (Gururin Nanbu direction or Heisenji/Inose bus) and get off at "Echizen Great Buddha" (10-20 minutes).

♦Duration: Approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes

♦Price: Approximately 870 yen
(Train: Fukui Station - Katsuyama Station Adults 770 yen + Bus: Katsuyama- Echizen Great Buddha mae Adults 100 yen (one way))

If you are traveling on a weekend or public holiday, we recommend purchasing a one-day pass (1,000 yen) which allows unlimited travel on all Echizen Railway lines.

The one-way train fare of 770 yen can be reduced to 1,000 yen round trip. If you are going on a day trip on a Saturday, Sunday, or public holiday, it is a good deal to use the 1-day pass.

If you are also going to the Dinosaur Museum, a combined ticket that includes the Dinosaur Museum admission ticket, Echizen Railway ticket, and unlimited rides on buses within Katsuyama City is available for purchase at Echizen Railway Fukui Station. This is a great deal.

Tourist buses operate on weekends and holidays

The Dynagon sightseeing bus, which only operates on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, is a sightseeing bus that takes you around major sightseeing spots such as the Echizen Great Buddha Daibutsu, the Dinosaur Museum, and Heisenji Hakusan Shrine. If you have a Dinosaur Museum set ticket, you can ride the Dynagon sightseeing bus for free. Be sure to use the Dynagon sightseeing bus to tour the various sightseeing spots in Katsuyama City.

♦Admission fee: 300 yen for adults

*Please note that the service is suspended from December to mid-March.

Bus timetable

3. If you can't transfer to a bus, take a taxi!

If there is no convenient bus, we recommend taking a taxi.

If you take a taxi from Katsuyama Station to Echizen Great Buddha, the procedure is as follows.

♦Fee: Approximately 2,000 yen (one way)

♦Time required: Approximately 10 minutes

♦Taxi company: Katsuyama Taxi Co., Ltd. (Tel: 0779-88-0534) or Daifuku Transportation Co., Ltd. (Tel: 0779-88-1331)

During the day, taxis are waiting at the taxi stand in front of Katsuyama Station, but you may need to arrange for a taxi depending on the situation. Please contact the taxi company yourself or use the public phone for taxi companies in Katsuyama Station.

4. Convenient and affordable! Route by taxi and bus

If you want to cut down on transportation costs as much as possible but are having trouble finding a bus time that suits your visit, we recommend going by both taxi and bus.

Whether you take a taxi to your destination and a bus to return, or a bus to your destination and a taxi to return, the fares and travel times are as follows:

♦Fee: Taxi 1500 yen + Bus 100 yen = 1600 yen (round trip)

♦Travel time: 10 minutes by taxi + 20 minutes by bus = 30 minutes (round trip)

If there is a bus that runs in conjunction with the train, we recommend taking the bus on the way there and a taxi on the way back. If there is no bus that runs in conjunction with the train, we recommend taking a taxi on the way there and a bus on the way back. Plan your departure time and stay time based on the return bus schedule.

Bus timetable

5. Enjoy the scenery as you head to the Echizen Great Buddha on foot or by rental bicycle!

If the weather is nice and you have time, why not walk or rent a bicycle from the nearest Katsuyama Station instead of taking the bus or taxi?

At Katsuyama Station, you can rent bicycles for a fee, so please consider doing so.

It's also nice to take your time enjoying the scenery as you make your way to the Echizen Great Buddha.

When using a rental bicycle

・Time required: Approximately 20 minutes ・Fee: 2,500 yen per car

Reservations are required, so please make your reservation here

Click here to make a reservation

There are also bicycles that can be rented at the station on the day without the need for a reservation.
If you have forgotten to make a reservation, please speak to a station attendant.

・Fee: Regular bicycles: 100 yen per ride, Electric assist bicycles: 500 yen per ride

On foot

♦Time required: Approximately 44 minutes on foot Distance: Approximately 3.6 km

Choose the access method that suits you best and enjoy Echizen Great Buddha !

This time, we introduced how to get to the Echizen Great Buddha at Daishizan Seidaiji temple .

Find a mode of transportation that suits your itinerary, budget, and travel style, and visit Echizen Great Buddha.

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Katsuyama City is located in the northeastern part of Fukui Prefecture. The city is located on a river terrace formed along the course of the Kuzuryu River, and is a rural city rich in water and greenery, with commerce and industry based on the local textile industry since the Meiji period, and agriculture and forestry having been thriving since ancient times. Our company is a DMO (tourism region development organization) that works with local communities to develop tourist areas. Katsuyama City is a treasure trove of attractive tourist content, including the Dinosaur Museum and Heisenji Temple! We provide detailed services to customers visiting Katsuyama , such as guided tours that allow many people to experience Katsuyama , the Geo Terminal in the parking lot of the Dinosaur Museum, and the operation of the "Dinosaur Valley Katsuyama" Roadside Station , which opened in June 2020. We are also actively challenging ourselves to create new businesses centered around tourism, aiming to revitalize the town of Katsuyama.

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