Five minutes' walk from Hakata Station, Shofukuji Temple offers a retreat from the world. Although still a working ... More
Five minutes' walk from Hakata Station, Shofukuji Temple offers a retreat from the world. Although still a working temple, the secluded walks and shaded gardens give one the impression of having traveled back in time. This Rinzai-sect temple was founded in the 12th century by the priest Eisai-Myoan, and is the oldest Zen temple in Japan. Its buildings house a number of important artifacts including personal effects of the priest and noted sumi-e artist Sengai, an ancient korai bell from Korea, and a votive tablet presented to the temple by the Emperor Gotoba in the Kamakura Period.
A decent temple but is lacking in upkeep and has become a little run down.
Upkeep aside, it still maintains character and the grounds have some nice places for photographs. Within walking distance from the nearest train station.
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