Sofuku-ji Temple
崇福寺 (Sofuku-ji )

The Chinese Temple that remains a cultural property of Western Japan

The Chinese Temple that remains a cultural property of Western Japan
The Chinese Temple that remains a cultural property of Western Japan
In 1629, the Chinese residents of Nagasaki who hailed from Fujian Province constructed this Chinese Temple. It houses 21 cultural assets, including two national treasures - Daiohoden (Buddha Hall) & Daippo-mon (First Peak Gate). It is a temple with a unique pedigree; apart from the temples of Kyoto and Nara, it is unique for housing so many cultural assets in one temple in Western Japan. The "Daio" of the national treasure Daiohoden signifies the Sakyamuni Buddha. Since the sedentary statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha is enshrined as a principal image of Buddha, it is called Daiohoden. When the Buddhist statue was renovated around 1935, an internal organ of silver and cloth was discovered within it. Also, although the gate of the temple - a two-storied tower gate - is ordinarily known as "Temple Gate," Sofukuji Temple has three gated entrances known as "the three gates." The raised lettering "Seijuyama" appearing on the framed picture of the three gates was from the brush of the Zen Master Ingen, a high priest of China who had entered Kofukuji temple.
  • The Chinese Temple that remains a cultural property of Western Japan
  • The Chinese Temple that remains a cultural property of Western Japan

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Basic Information

Address 7-8 Kajiya-machi Nagasaki-City, Nagasaki
Business Hours 08:00-17:00
7 days a week throughout the year.
Price Adults: \300, Ages 12-17: \200, Ages 6-11: \100
Directions3 minutes’walk from Shokakuji-Shita Streetcar Stop