Japan Northern Kyushu 2017 travel blog

Shokofu-ji Zen Temple Gate

Shokofu-ji Bell Tower

Shofuku-ji Main Hall

Shofukuji Main Hall

Tocho-ji Pagoda and Hall

Fukuoka Thu 23rd Nov. 9-12°C, cloudy/sunny.

Had breakfast at Bill's restaurant, Suijo park, Nishi-Nakatsu. Expensive, but great service, and the hotcakes are so-o good.

Took the Subway to Gion, wandered around Shokofu-ji, the first Zen temple in Japan. Constructed in 1195, it is said to be the birthplace of Japanese tea. Present buildings date from 1587.

There are many temples in this quiet part of Gion, one subway stop from Hakata Stn. I enjoyed wandering around this historical area.

Nearby is Tocho-ji temple, which has a beautiful five-tiered pagoda. It houses Japan's largest wooden Buddha, and the Panels of Heaven & Hell, that you view by wandering a dark path holding a hand railing, catching sight of your possible afterlife.

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