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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
9:00-16:45
Closed
open everyday
Fees
[Admission fee to worship] Free [Great Buddha Admission fee to worship] 50yen
Parking Lot
Available [Large bus] 2spaces [Medium bus] 4spaces [Cars] 20spaces
Credit Card
Not available
Updated at: July 14, 2020 Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN

Reviews

  • Reviewed
    2019-11-27
    Great Buddha

    Tochoji is not far from JR Hakata station and due to its good location on Taihaku Avenue, many tourists come to visit it. To enter the premises is free, but if you want to see the statue of Great... more

    Date of visit:
    2019-11
  • Reviewed
    2019-11-22
    Tochoji Temple

    Tochoji temple is a solemn place with huge Buddha inside. However, picture taking of it is not allowed. You can take pictures outside only. It’s free for all. more

    Date of visit:
    2019-11
  • Reviewed
    2019-11-19
    certainly visit the great wooden buddha

    This relative small temple is certainly worth visiting. There is a pagoda in the back, but the main thing to view is the giant wooden buddha ( the largest sitting buddha in the country). You have to... more

    Date of visit:
    2019-10
  • Reviewed
    2019-11-17
    Great Buddha

    Nice small temple, very serene. There is a beautiful red pagoda on the grounds. Make sure you go upstairs next to the temple and see the large sitting wooden Buddha. Cost is 50 yen. Make a wish... more

    Date of visit:
    2019-11
  • Reviewed
    2019-11-07
    Peaceful spot

    The temple was only a 20 minute stroll from our hotel and the contrast between the busy noisy streets around the station and the peaceful temple grounds was surprising. Entry is free (apart from... more

    Date of visit:
    2019-10
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