Kanzeon Temple

Kanzeon Temple, Dazaifu

Kanzeon Temple
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan10,346 contributions
Valuable collection of Buddha statues
Nov 2019 • Solo
This old temple is certainly one of the highlights in Dazaifu. Once it had many buildings in large premises. But now, beside some buildings, there is nothing left and a rustic landscape extends around. The museum is a must see. Many Buddha statues, most of which are designated as important cultural property, are really impressive. It is like Nara in Kyushu.
Written November 11, 2019
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Frank v
Den Dolder, The Netherlands1,281 contributions
Not very special
Sep 2018 • Friends
Just another temple to visit when you are nearby, but not very special and no nice garden surrounding it.
Written October 2, 2018
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ChunChunMaru
Oslo, Norway376 contributions
not really worth he trip
May 2018 • Friends
located far way from the rest this place is more interesting in history than actually visiting. its small and and not much to see.
its better to read about the history about it. guess its worth it if you are really interesting in old buildings.
Written May 25, 2018
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Nonnapn
Manila, Philippines501 contributions
Rustic and Appealing
Jun 2016 • Couples
The temple itself seems a bit rundown but in a charming way. Behind the temple is the original oldest bell in Japan so that is worth a visit. Beside the temple is a small museum that houses important cultural properties and other treasures.
Written June 18, 2016
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Melissa L
Markham, Canada1,000 contributions
Quiet and peaceful
Apr 2016
There's really not much to see here although I did enjoy the fact that we were the only ones there (which was great for picture taking!)

The temple is a bit out of the way and quite deserted although the temple grounds are quite pretty and picturesque. I'm not sure if it's worth the visit but we decided to go anyways since it's not located too far from the airport bus stop (we went straight to the airport after the short visit - luckily we only had one carry on baggage each)
There is also a museum located here but we decided it was not worth visiting or paying the fare since there didn't seem to be much to see (also no picture taking permitted inside the museum)
Written April 30, 2016
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PvcM
Alexandria, VA123 contributions
The treasure hall is the thing
Apr 2016 • Friends
The temple is not much, but the treasure hall (a modern building next door) is the attraction. Some phenomenal giant carved Buddhas, some with eight arms (more reminiscent of Hindu deities) are what you go for.
Written April 14, 2016
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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
Vermont6,375 contributions
Peaceful temple complex with many photogenic spots and Japan's oldest bell
Nov 2014 • Couples
We came here to see the oldest bell in Japan. If you are doing the same, be sure to look at a photo of the oldest bell in a book or online - there are several bell towers in the complex and you want to be sure to see the correct one.

We really liked this temple which we had almost entirely to ourselves - quite a contrast after the crowds at the Tenmangu Shrine. As at the other temples around Dazaifu, ancient and gnarled trees plus patches of colorful koyo graced the temple grounds.



A large hall - Kaidanin - had raked sand with yet another bell tower nearby. We learned that Kaidanin was one of only three ordination halls in Japan. More koyo here with many photogenic spots and enough color to keep us very happy. Signs at the entrance explained the history of these temples, formerly more closely related than now. 



We skipped the Treasury Hall; we did not have enough time to do it justice and at ¥500 we felt it was rather expensive for just a quick visit.



The tourist information office at the station helped us find the correct bus to take to get us here. 15 minute ride for ¥100. The bus took a convoluted route to go to the Nishitetsu Gojo Station first but finally arrived at the temples and the driver announced our stop in English and made sure we got off OK. The temple entrance is a bit off the road, but visible from the street and easy to find. The bus stop for the return trip was easily found opposite the first stop. 



We definitely recommend making a visit before you leave the Dazaifu area.
Written May 5, 2015
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GVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,009 contributions
Magnificent Buddha statues
Feb 2015 • Couples
Kanzeon-ji Temple itself is not not much to see. On its own it would not be worth the visit. However, adjacent to the Temple is a Treasure House where they have moved historic and very impressive Buddha statues that once stood in the temple grounds.

There is a small fee to view the Buddhas. You have to remove your shoes. No photos are allowed.

Kanzeon-ji is about a mile from Dazaifu station, through a quiet residential neighbourhood. No one else was visiting when we went, so don't look for tourist hordes to follow. Instead follow the signs posted by the town.
Written March 14, 2015
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Ropongi
Madrid282 contributions
Not really recommended
Sep 2013 • Solo
The temple is just 300 metres walking from Nishitetsu Gojo station in the local Dazaifu railway line: the temple seems to be always open, but when I visited it the inside of the temple was closed by a lattice and badly lighted so it was difficult to appreciate anything; the famous bell is protected inside a wooden structure that makes it impossible to see it. There seems to be a museum nearby but it had just closed when I arrived. My recommendation: visit Tochoji Temple in Fukuoka
Written October 8, 2013
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