Awaji Kannon

Awaji Kannon or World Peace Giant Kannon, a museum and a temple in Awaji Island, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The structure is currently abandoned.

Awaji Kannon
Heiwakannonji,平和観音寺,世界平和大観音像 DSCF3854.JPG
Coordinates34°30′10″N 134°58′36″E / 34.5029°N 134.9767°E / 34.5029; 134.9767Coordinates: 34°30′10″N 134°58′36″E / 34.5029°N 134.9767°E / 34.5029; 134.9767
LocationAwaji Island, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Typestatue, museum, and temple
Height80 metres (260 ft)
Opening date1982


Construction of Awaji Kannon started in 1977 Toyokichi Okuuchi, realtor from the Okuchi group. The statue sits on a 5-story pedestal building that is 20 metres (66 ft) tall, with a sixth floor observation deck within the statue. Okuchi managed the building until his death in 1988, his wife took over and continue to operate but also died in 2006. [1]

In March 2020 the statue and the surrounding land became property of the Japanese government. The crumbling facilities, in addition to a February 2020 incident in which someone committed suicide by jumping from the observation deck, led to unease among the local population. In April 2020, it was announced that the statue is to be demolished by the end of 2022.[2]

See alsoEdit

List of tallest statues


  1. ^ "Whiplash kannon in impressions of east asia".
  2. ^ "淡路島の巨大観音像が解体へ".