- Joten-ji Temple is famous for its stone monuments.
- Tocho-ji temple is famous for its Buddhist statue and a five-tiered tower.
Hi everyone! This is Nagabuchi from “Bura Bura Fukuoka”!
Did you know Hakata in Fukuoka Prefecture has the largest number of shrines and temples just after Kyoto and Nara? It’s also nice that you can view scenery much like Kyoto and Kamakura within a 10-minute walk from Hakata station. There are no entry fees for shrines and temples in Hakata! I’d like to introduce you to a good route to take to temples in Hakata.
Joten-ji Temple is famous for its stone monuments.
This temple was founded by a monk who studied in China with the support from Hakata merchants in 1241. There is a lot of traditional Japanese culture at Joten-ji. The summer festival in Hakata called “Hakata Gion Yamakasa”, is one of them.
“Udon”, “soba”, “manju”, and “hakata-ori” were all derived from Chinese techniques and were further developed in Japan. Shofuku-ji Temple is the leading Zen temple and is known as being the origin of Japanese tea. Myoraku-ji Temple is known as the origin of Uiro (sweet rice jelly).
This rock garden is called “Sentoutei” and is popular among visitors. The sand represents Genkainada, and literally beyond that, it represents China. Hojo urateien in the back, represents Japan. You can see that Joten-ji temple used to bridge China with Japan. This garden is open during the illumination period from Thursday, November 19th to Monday, November 23rd, 2015. Please sit on the engawa and relax in this garden.
This is “Kakukouden”, built with a unique architectural style. Here you’ll find the “Ikariishi stone” from the Genko war, and the graveyard of Kawakami Otojiro, famously known for its ‘Oppeke-pee’ song.
Address： 1-29-9 Hakata station, Hakata city, Fukuoka Prefecture
Access：5 minutes on the Subway from “Gion” station
10-minute walk from “Hakata Kotsu Centre” stop, via the ciry loop bus, “Green”.
Tocho-ji temple is famous for its Buddhist statue and a five-tiered tower.
Tocho-ji temple is located 10-minutes from Joten-ji temple. It was built in 806 by Kobo Daishi and is the oldest sacred place that uses Kobo Daishi’s architectural style. The highlights are a five-tiered tower, the Fukuoka Buddhist statue, and the graveyard of domain leaders like, “Rokkakudo”.
The five-tiered tower was completed in 2011. It was built with cypress wood, and is very beautiful. This is the most picturesque place on the grounds. Busshari (the bones of Shaka) is enshrined here.
The “Fukuoka Daibutsu”, or Buddhist statue, was built in 1992 and unfortunately, you can’t take pictures here. This statue is the largest wooden Buddhist statue in Japan at 10.8-meters high and weighing 30 tons. There are also 5000 small statues enshrined behind it. The tunnel of “Jigioku Gokuraku Meguri”, was built inside the pedestal so that you can experience a mysterious feeling.
This is the graveyard of Fukuoka’s domain leaders, the Kuroda family.
The scenery of Gorinto, unique to Zen, reminds me of temples in Kamakura. The graveyard of Tadayuki, the second domain leader, is the second largest graveyard in Japan.
This is “Rokkakudo”, a stone monument where 6 Buddhist statues are enshrined. The enshrined statues are available to see on the 28th of every month.
Address： 2-4 Gokushomachi, Hakata
Access：Subway “Gion” station
“Hakata light-up walk 2015 ” will be held from Thursday, November 19th to Monday, November 23rd, 2015. Please try to visit this event too! For more info.
※ This article was contributed by “Bura Bura Fukuoka”.
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