Kōmyōzen-ji Temple, Dazaifu

#2 of 10 in Historic Sites in Dazaifu
Enjoy a moment of peaceful reflection in the Zen gardens of Kōmyōzen-ji Temple. Replete with standing stones and carefully raked gravel, the gardens reputedly date back to the 12th century. You can see a simple garden in front of the temple, but it's really worth paying the entrance fee to see the quiet and picturesque rear garden. Here, you'll feel cut off from the outside world, surrounded by maple trees (some apparently 300 years old), Japanese Buddhist sculptures, and islands of moss. With our world travel planner, Dazaifu attractions like Kōmyōzen-ji Temple can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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149 reviews
  • August 6, 2017
    In a one-day bus tour visited. Their previous bad manners were the inside is prohibited. Take off your shoes, visited the garden. Blue Maple branches spread out, rock garden and good fit and beautiful. Fall foliage season is coming.
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  • July 22, 2017
    Inside this temple, you can see the beautiful garden with flowers. The architecture is similar to Ginkaku, Hiunkaku and Kinkaku in Kyoto. There is a good view of sea from the small hill behind the tem...  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    Why does not the Guide because the large entrance information center has recently closed and was lucky enough to were open. From the entrance of landscape and garden could visit three places. It was a very relaxed atmosphere. Now I had forbidden tags inside of the temple, but not other visitors on that day, or had any problems previously.
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  • December 19, 2016
    It's a very historic temple. It's very QUIET and it also has zen gardens, all of which creates a Zen atmosphere. It's not very big but it's a great experience.
  • October 13, 2016
    3 years ago, I went to this place and love this place. After then I visited Fukuoka 2 times more, but I can't enter this temple because it was closed every time when I visit there. If I have a chance to go Fukuoka again, I really want to go Kōmyōzen-ji! It has really fantastic view.
  • September 18, 2016
    The entrance fee is not worthwhile to pay. Don't go in except you are a big fans of Zen in Buddism.
  • February 11, 2015
    Small one. Very peaceful, you can hear the ceremonies going on. Visit here during spring or autumn to see the best designed zen garden around. You need to stay on the temple balcony, can't walk the garden but still, it's breathtaking.
  • January 6, 2016
    Beautiful Garden. It turned colorful during Autumn, probably best time to visit.

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