Top 8 most beautiful temples and shrines in Fukuoka

Fukuoka is the central prefecture for Kyushu and has incredible sights to be seen. It has many cities with distinct features and highlights, including Fukuoka City. But one of its most distinctivec features are the beautiful shrines and temples, you can visit. They range from the famous Kushida Shrine and its beautiful display of the Yamakasa floats, to the Raizan Sennyo-ji Daihoin Temple where you can see the 400 years old maple trees.

Below are the top 8 most beautiful temples and shrines you want to visit when you’re in Fukuoka.

 

Kushida Shrine
Kushida Shrine
The Yamakasa, a National Important Folk Cultural Property, is permanently exhibited at this shrine. It is an impressive shrine also known for blessing us with a youthful and long life.
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Tocho-ji Temple
Tocho-ji Temple
A temple with many highlights such as the country’s largest wooden seated statue of Buddha, the “Rokkaku-do” building (only open to the public once a month), and the recently built 5 story pagoda.
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Nanzoin Temple
Nanzoin Temple
Not only famous for the spectacular Nehanzo, the temple is also known for a miniature version of the 88-temple pilgrimage through Shikoku as well as good fortune from raffles so that 1.3 million visitors come annually.
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Hakozaki Shrine
Hakozaki Shrine
One of the three great Hachiman shrines in Japan. Its main hall, worship hall, and the stone “torii” gate (the Sakuramon Gate) are Important Cultural Properties. Hakozaki Shrine has a heritage and history deeply associated with the Imperial family.
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Raizan Sennyo-ji Daihioin Temple
Raizan Sennyo-ji Daihioin Temple
Famous as a place for the fall colors, the temple is also well worth a visit for the beautiful courtyard, the wooden standing statue of the Senju Kannon, and the statues of the 500 disciples of Buddha on the mountainside.
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Dazaifu Tenman-gū
Dazaifu Tenman-gū
Dazaifu Tenman-gū, which is built over the grave of Michizane Sugawara who was a scholar, politician and man of culture, is the head shrine for 12,000 shrines nationwide. Visitors come from all over Japan to pray for academic achievement.
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Miyajidake Shrine
Miyajidake Shrine
Possessing a giant shimenawa rope, a giant drum and a giant bell each of which is the largest in the country, Miyajidake has large grounds with plenty of sights to see such as a huge stone burial mound, old Japanese-style houses brought in from all over the country and 8 inner shrines.
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Kōmyōzen-ji Temple
Kōmyōzen-ji Temple
The contrast between the green of the trees and moss and the garden of white stones is beautiful. During the autumn when the 300-year-old maple trees change color, the secluded area in Dazaifu City becomes even more elegant.
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