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Tochoji Temple

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Tochoji Temple
Tōchōji (東長寺) is the head temple of the Shingon Buddhism Kyushu sect is named Nangakuzan. It is dedicated to a famous monk called Kobo-Daishi (Kukai). According to tradition, Kobo-Daishi set up this temple when he returned from China and prayed for the eastward dissemination of Tantric Buddhism. This is one of the oldest temples in Japan that Kobo-Daishi set up. It was originally situated at the seaside area and later relocated to the present site by Kuroda Tadayuki, the second lord of Fukuoka province. This temple became a family temple of the Kuroda family and now has graves of the second lord Tadayuki, the third Mitsuyuki and the eighth Harutaka. Miles of land and mountains were donated to the temple. This temple is now designated as a historical site in the city. Senjukan-non Buddhist statue of the temple is from the Heian era. It was carved from a single log of Chinese black pine. The statue is only 87 centimetres in height but stands up with a stately atmosphere. The statue is designated as a nationally important cultural property.

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