Visiting Nanzoin Temple Fukuoka was a highlight of my trip to Fukuoka back in 2019 (I know, this article is lambast 2 years late !).
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The Huge Reclining Buddha at Nanzoin Temple
It was very very special to see the huge reclining Buddha at Nanzoin Temple. It is the biggest bronze statue in the world, with a total length of 41 meters, a height of 11 meters and an astonishing weight of about 300 tons.
How to get to Nanzoin Temple Fukuoka
It is actually very easy to get to Nanzoin Temple from downtown Fukuoka.
First you get yourself to Hakata Station. This is THE major train station in Fukuoka.
Inside the Hakata Station, you will want to get onto a local train line at platform 8. It is the JR Fukuhoku Yutaka Line (Sasaguri Line). You will take this train (about 20 minutes ride) to the Kido Nanzoinmae Station. The Nanzoin Temple is just a 5 minutes walk from the station.
In this picture, you can see the YELLOW line is how we get from Hakata Station to Nanzoin Temple Fukuoka.
While riding the subway in Fukuoka, or anywhere in Japan, where you can use the Suica stored value card, you might want to consider using the iPhone App. It makes it so easy to use the Suica card by using the iPhone. Read this accompanying article on using Suica English App on iPhone where you can see a video on exiting Kido Nanzoinmae using the app 🙂
It costs about JPY380 to get to the Kido Nanzoinmae station.
Nanzoin Temple Fukuoka
While of course the Reclining Buddha is the highlight at this amazing beautiful temple, Nanzoin Temple Fukuoka does have many other attractions and religious praying grounds to visit. Take your time to walk around, do a few prayers (if you so want) and just enjoy the tranquility and peacefulness commonly associated with Japanese Temples.
Nanzoin Temple Reclining Buddha
And behold, the amazing Reclining Buddha at the Nanzoin Temple.
So when you are next in Fukuoka, do take a short day trip to the Nanzoin Temple !
Or you might also want to visit the Dazaifu Tenmangu Temple.
Or my most favourite thing to do in Fukuoka.. Eating Ramen !