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Tochoji Temple

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Address: 2-4 Gokushomachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka 812-0037, Fukuoka Prefecture
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+81 92-291-4459
09:00 - 17:00
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See the big Buddha and walk the tunnel beneath

Huge Buddha carved from cypress from Taiwan. The tunnel.underneath is supposed to simulate the journey through hell. It is a quirky experience. The ground is small and you can... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Nick W
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Huge Buddha carved from cypress from Taiwan. The tunnel.underneath is supposed to simulate the journey through hell. It is a quirky experience. The ground is small and you can spend 15 minutes here. There is a nice rice cracker shop just outside it's door.

Thank Nick W
Chengdu, China
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The temple site is rather small, but worth checking out if you're in town. It has what is supposed to be the largest seated, wooden Buddha statue in Japan. The temple belongs to the Shingon sect, which is more closely related to Tibetan Buddhism than other Japanese sects.

Thank cascadianabroad2015
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Located directly from the Gion subway exit. There is a good pastry shop on the right of the temple. A working temple that has devotee buying candles, writing the wishes and burn them, like in many temples. A nice garden and some memorial to the past people. Tourist shld walk to the Nakasu Kawabata from this placde to see more... More 

Thank tengkin
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This beautiful Buddhist temple, founded in 806 AD, has (on the second floor) the largest wooden statue of Buddha in Japan. Its grounds also hold the graves of the first, second and eighth Kuroda lords. The temple occasionally serves as a refuge to western backpackers. A fifteen minute from Hakata Station.

Thank Lam N
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

The big cherry blossom in the temple garden was so beautiful. The big Buddha is on the upper floor. It is just a 3 minute walk across the Gion Subway . Tip: Exit 3 at Gion Subway and cross the road to the entrance of temple. Closed at 430pm.

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Saijo, Japan
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

If you are hard pressed for time in this city, this temple ought to be in your list. Just a short hop from the main train station and major bus terminal (8 min walk) and you'll immediately be transported back in time once you are in the premises. The garden is good. Picture opportunities with the vermilion five-storey pagoda, old... More 

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Reviewed 23 January 2017

Few people were around when i visited. I failed to see the big buddha (I wasn't aware of it - so take note!). I was only able to visit the memorials outside of the Kuroda clan and the beautiful five-story pagoda for pictures. Suggest visiting in the early morning. I will visit again when I get another chance.

Thank Deric K
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

The temple itself is not spectacular, but the big Buddha was stunning, and the passage underneath him -- through hell, darkness, and into enlightenment-- was great. The several block around the temple, including the gate and the gardens are a quiet, peaceful gem in the heart of a busy city. Worth seeing and strolling.

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Phuket, Thailand
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Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Tochoji is very local. You can see people lid the candle and pray. The atmosphere is peaceful and quite. Not so touristy.

Thank TheNayzer
Metro Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

This temple has the largest wooden Buddha statue. There's an access point underneath the platform of the massive statue where you can find paintings of "hell". There's a tunnel which leads to a snaking pathway in complete darkness. You need to feel your way out and if you're fortunate enough, you may even find one of the bells (for luck)... More 

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