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Kōmyōzen-ji Temple, Dazaifu

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#2 of 11 in Sightseeing in Dazaifu
Garden Religious Site
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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  • This place is poorly marked. We can't find it after walking in and out of Temangu Shrine. Suggest keep your eyes and ears peeled while walking.  more »
  • A lot of plantation, tree with quite old ages standing both sides of road, plums, and other iconic plantation. But you need to check carefully about the direction signs, which by and large not clearly...  more »
  • Large, very pleasant temple... the temple stalls sell local umeshu and there are plum trees all around the gardens.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The entrance fee is not worthwhile to pay. Don't go in except you are a big fans of Zen in Buddism.
  • Quiet zen temple
  • 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.