Tochoji, Fukuoka-shi

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Address: 2-4 Gokushomachi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0037, Japan, Fukuoka-shi

Phone: +81-922914459

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Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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About Tochoji, Fukuoka-shi

Though the building you see today is a modern granite construct, the original temple in this location was built in the early 9th century. It is dedicated to the monk Kukai, an important figure in the propagation of Tantrik Buddhism in Japan, who is interred here. The temple's main hall, gate and inner walls surround a large pond in the central courtyard. There are two major statues here. One is of the goddess Kannon, which, made in the ancient Heian period, is recognised as national cultural property. The other statue is the largest seated wooden Buddha in the world, over 10 meters tall and weighing over 30 tonnes; it was made in the 1990s. Next to it a small treasure hall. Buried in the temple's cemetery are several local feudal lords from the Edo Period.

How To reach Tochoji by Public Transport

  • Gion Subway Station, Kuko/Yellow Line
  • 3, 3-1, 3-2, 3-3N, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 19, 29, 29N, 30, 32, 39, 39B, 40, 47, 48, 48-1, 50, 56, 57, 68, 80, 88, 99, 100, 113, 114, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 208, 306, 312, 400, 503, 506, 507, 514, 515, 526 stop Gion-machi

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Tochoji, Fukuoka-shi Reviews

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  • Must-visit place.. There was a biggest wooden buddha.. reverential temple... Good place to visit

  • Peaceful place, huge buddha statue, worth coming. Remember to visit the "hell" chamber beneath. Btw, need to pay 50yen for the candle and joss stick. Not allowed to take photo of the buddha though

  • I really love this temple near Hakata! The environment is very peaceful and clean. There usually aren't a huge number of people around, except in the evening when everyone wants to pray at the shrine around 4 or 5PM. Also, if you get the chance, I would highly recommend trying to come here around November 1-5th as they have a night time Hakata walk that is a lot of fun to do! The cost is around 1500 yen, but I definitely think its worth it. If you want your moneys worth, I would recommend coming to this temple and the nearby temple, Joten-Ji to get beautiful photos and an even more beautiful sight. Especially Joten-Ji, because I think it has the best light show out of all of them.

  • Take a journey under the wood Buddha. You will experience from hell to heaven.

  • Peaceful Buddhist temple. The big Buddha is on the first floor. Nice trees and tower.

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