Sōfuku-ji Temple, Nagasaki

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Sōfuku-ji is an Ōbaku Zen temple that was built by the Chinese monk Chaonian in 1629 as the family temple of the Chinese from Fujian Province who settled in Nagasaki.
Two of its buildings have been designated as national treasures. The red entrance gate and other structures in the precincts are rare examples of the architecture of South China during the Ming dynasty. The goddess of the sea, Maso, is enshrined in the Masodo, along with other life-sized statues in the main hall. In the temple grounds is a large cauldron made by the resident priest Qianhai to cook gruel for people who were starving during the famine of 1681. The Chinese Bon Festival is held here from July 26 to 28 (by lunar calendar), with Chinese coming from all over Japan to participate in the ritual for the dead.
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  • It is within walking distance from Megane Bridge. There is a place of the purpose in the place where it went up a gentle slope without leaking to the example of Nagasaki with a lot of slopes. There is no mistake because the gate of the Chinese style of the orange color stands out. If you pay 300 yen at the entrance and proceed as it is, you will find it in a less popular precinct. You can appreciate foreign culture in a vulgar way only in different spaces of style. It is a splendid iron cauldron that I was particularly interested in among the national treasures and heavy sentences. I am very impressed that this kettle, which would have been useful several times for the hunger of the ancient common people, was also brought to this place.
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  • It is a five-minute walk from the end of sofukuji Temple on the streetcar to the mountain side. You can see the vivid Three Gates. The photograph is a national treasure from the bottom of the stairs beyond the three gates. The main shrine beyond that is also a national treasure. It is a Karaji temple which seems to be Nagasaki. It takes about 20 minutes. I would recommend.
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  • It is shocking that shiba Inu has both mouths open and one of his tongues comes out. I was surprised to find a statue of Atsudaten on the left side of Kannon and a statue of Kanu on the right. The shape of the Buddha statue is different, and the sculpture of the dragon of the decoration is different from the temple in Japan. I thought that it was a temple built by the Chinese indeed.
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  • It's a slightly different style of temple which I enjoyed, but I felt it was a bit too small to really walk around and I got a Japanese guide, implying english is not available. All in all, I do recommend going to see it though.
  • Sōfuku-ji (崇福寺) is an Ōbaku Zen temple that was built by the Chinese monk Chaonian (Chozen) in 1629 as the family temple of the Chinese from Fuzhou, Fujian Province who settled in Nagasaki. Two of its buildings have been designated as national treasures. The red entrance gate and other structures in the precincts are rare examples of the architecture of South China during the Ming dynasty. The goddess of the sea, Maso, is enshrined in the Masodo, along with other life-sized statues in the main hall. In the temple grounds is a large cauldron made by the resident priest Qianhai to cook gruel for people who were starving during the famine of 1681. The Chinese Bon Festival is held here from July 26 to 28 (by lunar calendar), with Chinese coming from all over Japan to participate in the ritual for the dead.
  • It's a beautiful temple in Nagasaki. I highly recommend it!!!
  • Small Temple nearby Meganebashi bridge. We just went around to fill up time. Beautiful place.
  • Rich history, small, old, and quiet; very few tourists.
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