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Tochoji Temple東長寺


The head temple for Shingon Buddhism in Kyushu, the temple’s principal object of worship is a figure of the great priest Kukai. The first temple built by Kukai in Japan after returning from Tang China, it is said that the temple’s name, comprised of the characters for “east” and “long,” was chosen to reflect Kukai’s hope that esoteric Buddhism would long be spread in the east of Asia. The temple’s circular Rokkaku-do hall is both exceptionally functional and beautiful. The temple’s brilliant red five-tier pagoda was just completed in 2011. The giant Fukuoka Daibutsu statue of the Buddha situated on the temple grounds, meanwhile, was completed over a four year period starting in 1988. A spectacular figure 10.8 meters tall and weighing 30 tons, the patterned wall behind the statue enshrines 5,000 smaller Buddha statues. A 15-minute walk from JR Hakata Station.

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phone 0922914459

Review of Tochoji Temple

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Reviewed:2018/11/19 Large Buddha, Gorgeous Temple & Pagoda, and a Trip Between Hell and Heaven
Pay the 50 yen a person and go upstairs to see the large Buddha. I actually liked it better than the one in Nara. It's of fairly recent vintage, surprisingly, and so is the pagoda outside...
Reviewed:2018/11/07 Big Buddha
I went to this temple with no expectation or much understanding of the place. Just had a few hours to kill in changing trains at Hakata.

What happened to me seemed to be a spiritual experience. As...
Reviewed:2018/09/24 Spiritual visit
I found a visit to this temple quite spiritual.

When I arrived Other than the resident monks, I was the only on there. I stood in the hall for sometime soaking it in, then moved through the...



Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Gokushomachi 2-4 [map]



open everyday
[Admission fee to worship]Free
Parking Lot
[Large Bus] 2spaces
[Mid Bus] 4spaces
[Cars] 20spaces
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The most northerly of Kyushu island's prefectures, Fukuoka comprises castle towns, seaside parks, and Hakata ramen, one of Japan's most famous noodle dishes. Whether due to its good location or its unique charm, the prefecture's capital, Fukuoka city, has been voted one of the most desirable places to live in the country—a close-knit community, a thriving food scene, and accessible nature combine for irresistibly laid-back city vibes.

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