The Tocho-ji is the oldest Shingon Buddhism temple on Kyushu Island. It was founded by the famous Buddhist preacher Kukai and is also dedicated to him. The shrines main attraction is the gigantic Buddha statue, at 10.8 tall and weighing some 30 tons making it the largest seated Buddha statue in all of Japan. Just behind it you will find a ring of light, carved with a number of images of the Buddha and standing at some 16 meters in height. Neither statue nor the ring are particularly old though being carved in 1992, they are none the less impressive. The temple also has a cemetery with the most famous person resting there being Kukai himself, others include several feudal lords who ruled the area during the Tokugawa period.
- 9.00am – 5.00pm, daily
- +81 92-291-4459
- 2-4 Gokushomachi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0037, Japan.
- 1 min walk from Gion Station; From Hakata Station to Gion Station: Take the Kuko Subway Line to Gion Station (2 min).