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Waka Hachimangu Shrine has been known since long ago, as a shrine which protects against evil. A traditional ceremony is still held there, in which people in their unlucky year visit the shrine to ward off evil by offering the same number of Kagami mochi (rice cakes) as the years they are old. On New Year’s Eve, a grand ritual of praying to ward off evil spirits is performed. Many people from both inside and outside Fukuoka come to pray.
1-29-47, Hakata-eki-mae, Hakata-ku
Completed in March of 2014, the Thousand-Year Gate is one of Hakata's symbolic sights. Modelled after the "Wayside Shrine Gate," thought to have stood upon the road from Hakata to the Dazaifu Government Office, the gate is built in the formal 4-legged gate style, and ornamented with finely carved detailing that reflects Hakata’s history. The gate doors are constructed from the wood of "thousand-year camphors" donated by Daizaifu Shrine, and the characters on the front of the gate were painted by the head priest there. Note the transom, engraved in the style of traditional Hakata textiles. Through the gate, Joutenji road flows like a river, and the sensation of walking along a riverside is enhanced by the greenery and the peaceful aura of the temples and shrines in this part of town.
Jōtenji Temple is a Zen Buddhist temple built in 1242 by Sha Kokumei (Xie Guo Ming), a Chinese merchant, and founded by Priest Enni (later Shoichi Kokushi) who studied abroad. Kokushi brought the blueprint of flour milling technology (known as Suimayo) from China. This is the beginning of flour products such as Udon, Soba and Manjū in Japan, and for this reason, Hakata is called the birthplace of Udon.
1-29-9, Hakata-eki-mae, Hakata-ku
Founded by Getsudou Souki in 1316, Myouraku-ji Temple is an historically precious temple. Originally located on the coast of Hakata bay, it was a base for foreign negotiations with China. The Hakata Wall, built to pray for the recovery of the temple using burned roof tiles and stones from when it was damaged during the Warring States period, still stands on the temple grounds. Famous for being the spot where a popular rice-powder sweet, Uirou, was created. The burial sites of famous Hakata Merchants (such as Kamiya Soutan and Itou Kozaemon) are also located here.
Hakata-ward Gokushomachi 13-6
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Tōchōjii Temple was founded in 806 by Kōbō Daishi (Kūkai), having returned from Tang (China). It is the oldest Shingon temple in Japan. It is also known as of the Kuroda clan. It is famous for the Wooden Thousand-Armed Kannon (National Important Cultural Property), and Rokkakudo (City Cultural Property), as well as Fukuoka Daibutsu, Japan’s largest wooden seated statue, in Daibutsu Den (the hall of Daibutsu). In May 2011, Gojūnotō (The Five-Storied Pagoda), a wholly wood construction, was built.
2-4, Gokushomachi, Hakata-ku
Zendōji Temple was founded by Chinzei Seiko Shonin, the heir of Honen Shonin, the founder of Jōdoshu. While he was in Mt Buzen-Hiko, he experienced a revelation, and so he went to Hakata to find an eminent monk who came back from China. He found a wooden statue by a giant pine tree on his way. Considering it as Zendō Daishi, the founder of Chinese Jodo-Mon, Chinzei Seiko Shonin built this temple and dedicated it to this great statue. Because he preached to people for a hundred days (Hyakunichi Seppou), this place is also called Hakata Dangijo (Buddhist Seminary).
6-24, Nakagofukumachi, Hakata-ku
Kaigenji Temple is one of the Chinzei sect, Jodoshu's temple and its main temple is Chion-in in Kyoto. It has Enma-Do and Kanon-Do. Enma Festival is held on the 16th of January and August every year. In Enma-Do, you will find the statues of Enma and Datsueba (an old woman who robs clothes from the dead at Sanzu-no-Kawa, the Styx). It is said that if you offer konnyaku to them, the harshness of an illness is removed.
10-5, Nakagofukumachi, Hakata-ku

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