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Japan’s first Zen temple was founded in 1195 by Esai, who brought Zen Buddhism to Japan from China.
6-1 Gokushomachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka 812-0037, Fukuoka Prefecture
+81 92-291-0775
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You can visit this temple after Tochoji Temple. The garden is beautiful with tree lined path. Highly recommended if you enjoy quiet walk.
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This temple is in the middle of a garden. It is pretty. There are cats that roam around. I like it here. There are benches to relax on as well.
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Not all temples publicize that closure dates online, so I arrived at a closed Shofuku-ji in the middle of the afternoon on a weekday. The garden around the actual temple grounds is gorgeous. Many stones and buildings are placed around it, along with an arched bridge over a koi
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Of the temples in the historic area of Old Hakata and the Temple Walk this was the largest and most impressive.It stated it was the first Zen temple in Japan and was built in 1195 by Yosai who apart from building temples introduced tea to Japan and actually planted tea in the
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Nice temple to wander around but unfortunately didn't feel very zen given the gardeners were using leaf blowers! If you like Buddhas and cats highly recommend a visit.
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