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Kōmyōzen-ji Temple, Dazaifu

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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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  • A smallish, nondescript House, the past is, if you want to visit the Tenmangu shrine. Once we went up some stairs, you can see the beautiful garden in front of the temple, a kind of rock garden. But the real Zen Garden is located behind the temple. A little jewel that radiates calm. The moss-covered stones between the gravel and all these trees give off a beautiful picture. You can sit on the wooden deck and enjoy the peace and quiet. This Zen Garden was one of the nicest I've seen on my intensive travel, although the trees were still bare. As the man who oversees this temple, is already old, it may be that the temple is closed. He opens it only if it is possible for him. The first time it was closed, so we visited the Tenmangu shrine first, and (shortly after noon), we were lucky.
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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 »
  • Recently when you go everyone, not are. Bad timing? Priest came out the other day, I heard chirping of birds from small suppliers, so it feels bad. Do you but the entrance is it closed today? When is the open day? Scolding or can't see and hear signs are received. And kudasarimasenn tell us about the open day. Priest who in the past are watching the garden and and had described hearing the priest changed? On the wrong side of the felt very heavy-handed, and was really disappointing. Because it was my favorite place is really disappointing.
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful Garden. It turned colorful during Autumn, probably best time to visit.
  • 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.
  • 展現日式建築的淨與美