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Temple

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.

LOCATION
Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Gokushomachi 2-4
PHONE
0922914459
Hours
9:00-17:00
Closed
open everyday
Fees
[Admission fee to worship]Free
Parking Lot
Available[Large Bus] 2spaces[Mid Bus] 4spaces[Cars] 20spaces
Credit Card
Not available
Updated at: November 18, 2019 Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN

Reviews

  • 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... more

    Date of visit:
    2018-11
  • 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... more

    Date of visit:
    2018-04
  • 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... more

    Date of visit:
    2018-09
  • Reviewed
    2018-07-11
    Great history this Temple has

    While staying in Hakata for a couple of days we were taken to this great temple by our local friend. This Temple is very historic as it dates back to the year 806, just imagine the stories it could... more

    Date of visit:
    2018-07
  • Reviewed
    2018-06-04
    Walk to hell ......

    We would probably not have visited this temple if we hadn't been taken here by our guide. It is an interesting place to look around and there is a very large wooden Buddha up on the second floor. I... more

    Date of visit:
    2018-04
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