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Takaoka, the southern gateway to the Noto Peninsula, has Japan's third-largest Daibutsu (Great Buddha), standing 53 feet high and made of bronze. Also in Takaoka, a 400-meter walk from the station, is Zuiryu-ji, a delightful Zen temple that doubles as a youth hostel. A sprawling park, Kojo-koen, not far from the station, is particularly stunning in autumn, with its red-and-silver maples. Takaoka is mostly known for its traditions of copper-, bronze-, and iron-smithing, and remains a major bell-casting center.
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