Admire the history and artistry of Tochoji Temple, a Shingon Buddhist temple known for its large Buddha statue. At 10.8 m (35.4 ft) tall, the seated Buddha represents one of the largest statues of its kind in the country, and the intricately carved ring of light that acts as the backdrop deserves to be studied and admired, with various images of Buddha carved into the wood. Founded in 806 CE by Kukai, a major force in the spread of Buddhism throughout Japan, the temple complex includes an impressive pagoda, a main hall, and a cemetery housing memorials to several notable feudal lords. Make Tochoji Temple a centerpiece of your Fukuoka vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Fukuoka day trip planner.
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I live this place very much. There are big beautiful sakura, pagoda and Buddha statue. That is very calm.
I live this place very much. There are big beautiful sakura, pagoda and Buddha statue. That is very calm. more »
The temple complex is very interesting with some great photographic opportunities. We were the during cherry blossom season and the ancient cherry blossom tree was in full bloom, it was...
The temple complex is very interesting with some great photographic opportunities. We were the during cherry blossom season and the ancient cherry blossom tree was in full bloom, it was... more »
It was a short walk from my hotel but definitely worth the visit. They charge a small fee to enter and see the large wooden Buddha. Apparently you can go underneath which wasn't clearly explained when I entered. I didn't take any photos because they had signs posted but I realized it's not a problem. One of the easily accessible temples to visit if staying near the Hakata station in Fukuoka. Fukuoka was one my favorite cities in Japan and I hope I can come back and visit someday.
Utterly charming and is a favorite amongst the locals. Most tourusts favor other temples instead. Which means there's more opportunities for us to appreciate this temple in relative peace. The pagoda is a man focal point, and does remind me very much of Kyoto/ (minus the crowds). Don't forget to visit the big Buddha on the 2nd floor, it's amazing, but do observe rule of not taking photo of it.
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