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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-column gabled-roof style, and ornamented with fine carvings that reflect Hakata’s history. The gate doors are constructed from the wood of "thousand-year camphors" donated by Daizaifu Shrine. Note the transom, engraved in the style of traditional Hakata textiles. Pass through the gate and follow Joutenji road, winding through seasonal scenery and the elegant 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
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
A Jodo Chinzei Buddhist Temple, off-shoot of the founding temple, Chionin in Kyoto. It’s Enma and Kannon Halls were rebuilt and unveiled in June of 2016. Underworld festivals are held biannually on the 16th of January and August, when people make offerings to the statues of the Lord of the underworld, and to Datsue-baba, a hag who unclothes the deceased before they cross the river of the dead. It’s said that offerings of konyaku (a vegetable jelly) will help treat sickness. Enma charms and fortunes, drawn at random, are also popular.

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