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I found Shofuku-ji Temple by accident just wandering around Fukuoka. I was here later in the evening close to dark, I had the grounds to myself. First thing I noticed, there were cats guarding the temple! Not really, but who knows, there were quite a...More
While I was looking for Tochoji, I found this. After visiting Tochoji, came back to visit the place. It was like a very tranquil and peaceful park. I enjoyed my peaceful moment. There was an anniversary for a person who passed away, I presume, so...More
Shofukuji Temple is the oldest Zen temple in Japan. Outside of Kyoto and Nara, I have seldom seen such an impressive temple. The entrance is free, and as I visited there, a black cat was taking a walk in premises.
So many of Japan's temples and shrines are packed with tourists, souvenirs, and vending machines. This is the first place I've been which feels sacred and untouched. It was beautiful to spend the morning there with only the gardener sweeping leaves. Go when the sun...More
A bit smallish compared to other notable temples sites around Japan. It was nice that there were just a few people when we were there adding to the serenity of the place. Lots of tall trees and the gardens are well maintained. We practically had...More
This is a beautiful temple with lovely old buildings, an impressive gate and serene and quiet gardens. It's within walking distance of Tochoji, Jotenji and the Kushida-jinja so make it part of your temple and shrine walking tour -- you can do all these sights...More
This was my third favorite religious site in Fukuoka - after Tochoji and Kushida.
This is the first Zen temple in Japan - founded way back in 1195. The temple - they say - is true to the original design.
We found the grounds virtually...More
This temple is just behind Tochojin Temple, a little obscure (like a hidden street). We combined visiting both on a Friday noontime.
Shofukuji is classified as a National Historical Site, and excellent example of a classic Zen temple. There are some impressive buildings within; include...More