Admire the history and artistry of Tochoji Temple, a Shingon Buddhist temple known for its large Buddha statue. At 10.8 m (35.4 ft) tall, the seated Buddha represents one of the largest statues of its kind in the country, and the intricately carved ring of light that acts as the backdrop deserves to be studied and admired, with various images of Buddha carved into the wood. Founded in 806 CE by Kukai, a major force in the spread of Buddhism throughout Japan, the temple complex includes an impressive pagoda, a main hall, and a cemetery housing memorials to several notable feudal lords. Make Tochoji Temple a centerpiece of your Fukuoka vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Fukuoka day trip planner.
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$764 BOOK WITH VIATOR [Private] Fukuoka Tailored Tour (Guide + Private Transport) [Private] Fukuoka Tailored Tour (Guide + Private Transport)
Duration: 8 to 11 hours
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Duration: 7 hours
Tochoji Temple reviews
Tochoji Temple is a must! I've been here twice now and am always amazed by the Giant Wooden Buddha. The entrance to see the Buddha is only ¥50 and it is well worth it! After seeing the statue, you...
Tochoji Temple is a must! I've been here twice now and am always amazed by the Giant Wooden Buddha. The entrance to see the Buddha is only ¥50 and it is well worth it! After seeing the statue, you... more »
The temple has a large wooden buddha statue and a tall multi-story wooden building. The entrance to the statue area is just 50yen. Calm and beautiful place to see
The temple has a large wooden buddha statue and a tall multi-story wooden building. The entrance to the statue area is just 50yen. Calm and beautiful place to see more »
A small gem in the city! The experience of being in front of the statue itself is magical. I could feel the strong yet peaceful energy that enveloped the room. Unfourtunately, you can't take pictures of it. However, you can go under the statue to see some epic art!
It was a short walk from my hotel but definitely worth the visit. They charge a small fee to enter and see the large wooden Buddha. Apparently you can go underneath which wasn't clearly explained when I entered. I didn't take any photos because they had signs posted but I realized it's not a problem. One of the easily accessible temples to visit if staying near the Hakata station in Fukuoka. Fukuoka was one my favorite cities in Japan and I hope I can come back and visit someday.
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