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Tochoji Temple

2-4 Gokushomachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0037, Japan
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Ranked #3 of 88 attractions in Fukuoka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Brisbane
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

Although Fukuoka is a big bustling Japanese city (the biggest on the island of Kyushu), there is an oasis of calm and tranquility in the temple area which is only a short walk from Hakata station. There are beautiful tranquil gardens, raked gravel, a red pagoda and the highlight is the Buddha in the Tochoji Temple. Unfortunately you can't take... More

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Toronto, Canada
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89 reviews 89 reviews
42 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This charming temple complex was worth the visit....a quiet respite from the noisy street in front. It was an easy walk 10 minute from the JR station, Hakata en route to Canal City. The large buddha is known as "Fukuoka Daibutsu" (Great Buddha of Fukuoka) and was completed in 1992 so not as old as some buddha statues but still... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The highlight of Tochoji is its Giant Buddha, which is about 10.8m high. It doesn't have the history of other places like in Nara or Kamakura, but it's free and easy to get to (take Exit #1 at the Gion Subway Stn). In addition there is a new pagoda, prayer area, and small historical graveyard of 3 feudal lords from... More

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Basel, Switzerland
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56 reviews 56 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

a huge buddha. a very interesting walk in the pitch black path behind the buddha (there's a handle bar, don't be afraid to walk in!!). a beautiful 5-story pagoda. a nice little garden. all these things add up to make this a really excellent stop which is really worth going by. for me it was even better when you combine... More

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Fukuoka, Japan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

very easy to access from Hakata station(just 5 minutes walk)

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Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

While it is something you can look at and admire very quickly, you will never forget it. Grand structures, lovely gardens and interiors, and oh yeah, a big Buddah statue that is a sight to behold (no photos sadly) so again a very quick thing to see but very worth it and close to Hakata Station

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Sao Paulo
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60 reviews 60 reviews
8 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

This Buddhist temple of the Shingon school is more than 1200 years old and very impressive. More recent (1988) is the giant wooden Buddha it houses (no fotos inside!) which is approx. 11 meters in height and weighs 30 tons. The beautiful pagoda (see foto) was erected to commemorate the 1200th anniversary of the temple's founding. It is conveniently located... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We nearly missed the temple but when you see the bright orange/read pagoda with the golden tip you know you have reached the Tochoji Temple. The temple ground is beautiful and you could explore it in leisure. We again almost miss the Wooden Buddha because the signage wasn't very clear and we don't read Japanese. The Wooden Buddha is in... More

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Sidney
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

The temple and temple grounds are very beautiful. Lots of photo opportunities. There is a nice pagoda on the grounds. History stretches back over 1,200 years to early Buddhism brought over from Tang era China. Features the largest Wooden Buddha in Japan. Completed in 1992. 3 blocks from Dormy Inn Gion. Ice cream shop next door also very nice and... More

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Went to this temple as part of the Fukuoka Walks tour. Recommend if you are in the area. It is interesting to see a 1200 yr old temple surrounded by modern architecture. Unfortunately no photos allowed of the largest wooden Buddha in Japan but you can take photos of the beautiful pagoda.

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