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Tochoji Temple

2-4 Gokushomachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0037, Japan
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Ranked #4 of 91 Attractions in Fukuoka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Located in the downtown, it was quite the experience. Although, located on quite a busy street, however once you are inside, it is really peaceful. :)

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The highlight of this temple is the giant Buddha. You can find it on the first floor. Do not just look at the Buddha but walk behind it. The sign is only in Japanese but you are free to go behind it. It is a special experience (although not suitable for claustrophobic people maybe). Also the rest of the temple... More

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Apollo Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This Temple was located right in the middle of a bustling street. However, inside you couldn't hear anything outside. It was so peaceful. The tall pagoda is a symbol of Fukuoka and the giant wooden Buddha is a must see. I had a lovely time there and would definitely recommend a visit if in the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

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

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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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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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