Hill of The Buddha
Part of the extensive grounds of the Makomanai Takino Cemetery is devoted to different kinds of statues. The highlight of these is definitely the Great Buddha designed by architect Tadao Ando. The Hill of the Buddha was created to mark the 30th anniversary of the opening of the gardens here.
Ando designed the statue in such a way that from a distance, one can only see the top of the Buddha’s head. In fact, it is known as Atama Daibutsu, atama meaning head and Daibutsu being the word for large Buddha statues.
The way this Hill of the Buddha fits into the surrounding landscape make it a must see attraction, especially for those interested in design and architecture.
Visitors can explore the path leading to the statue’s plinth to get a better idea of what is built into the hill of lavender.
Lunch at the Old Aoyama Villa
Located in Otaru City, this former merchant’s residence gives visitors a taste of the prosperity enjoyed during the boom times of herring fishing in Hokkaido.
Enjoying the local specialty seafood lunch while gazing at the splendid gardens will be a memorable experience.
The villa is a stately and beautifully designed structure and is a protected building.
Japan’s whisky continues to achieve success around the world.
Masataka Taketsuru is called the Father of Japanese Whisky. He chose this location as he considered it to be the best location in Japan for a distillery. It resembled the climate and humidity of Scotland where he spent years learning the craft of distillery.