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An oasis of peace

One of the oldest zen temples in Japan, with large grounds and several buildings. There are several... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2017
Lam N
Singapore, Singapore
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Shofukuji Temple is the oldest Zen temple in Japan. Outside of Kyoto and Nara, I have seldom seen... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2017
Kimitaka S
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26 Sep 2017
“Good to walk around in a peaceful mind”
7 May 2017
“An oasis of peace ”
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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Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

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

Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

One of the oldest zen temples in Japan, with large grounds and several buildings. There are several shrines in the neighbourhood, and a Buddhist cemetery.

Thank Lam N
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

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.

Thank Kimitaka S
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Few visitors when I arrived early morning of Dec 3. Very peaceful and beautiful. Can be combined when visiting the Kuroda Shrine and Tocho-ji Temple.

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Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

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

Thank Al W
Reviewed 21 June 2016

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

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Reviewed 19 June 2016

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

Thank Nonnapn
Reviewed 16 May 2016

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

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Reviewed 5 May 2016

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

Thank Camper803123
Reviewed 21 January 2016

We walked through the grounds of Shofuku-ji Temple in late April and were surprised to find all the buildings roped off or closed. Quite a disappointment, until we found a group of locals who looked after the stray cats in these grounds. Hats off to...More

Thank chiangmaicharlies
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