The Sendai Daikannon Statue is one of the top ten tallest statues in the world. Located next to the Best Western Hotel in Sendai, the statue is a unique tourist destination. Don't just look at it, step inside. Pray at one of the 33 Kannon statues on the ground floors, or attempt to remove your negative energy at one of the 108 Buddhist statues spread over its twelve stories. The top floor has viewing windows which offer spectacular views of the city suburbs and nearby surroundings. Bring your cameras for this big wonder and step way back to fit it in frame.
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Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for JapanTravel.com since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin’s over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background of studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and working for the government in Fukushima. He lives in the gyutan capital of the world, Sendai. Justin is an expert in local culture and history. He was the first foreign volunteer at Sendai City Museum and regularly advises the local volunteer guide group GOZAIN , which he is a veteran member, on guiding techniques and hidden locations in the city even locals don't know about. In his free time he enjoys delivering original walking tours, such as his Dark Sendai Tour (ghost tour) or Kokubuncho Mystery Tour (redlight district tour). Justin is also a Certified Sake Professional.