500 Buddhas

Series of 500 Buddhist statues are often those of the arhats or rakan - Buddhist adepts who have postponed their own enlightenment to help others reach their goal. A famous series of statues celebrating the 500 rakan is at Kita-in Temple in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo.

500 statues of the rakan in Oita.
Jake Davies

Japan Images: 500 Buddha Statues Kyushu, Shonai, Oita Prefecture, Kyushu, Southern Japan