Shrines & Temples
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The intimate Kushida-jinja , municipal Shintō shrine of Hakata, traces its history to AD 757 and sponsors the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Matsuri. It has float displays and a local historymuseum chiefly featuring the festival.
Sumiyoshi-jinja is said to be Japan's original Sumiyoshi taisha (shrine). On its north side is Rakusuien , a pretty garden and teahouse built by a Meiji-era merchant, serving an outdoor tea ceremony.
Tōchō-ji has Japan's largest wooden Buddha (created 1992) and some impressively carved Kannon (goddess of mercy) statues. It is said to date from AD 806 and to have been founded by Kūkai, the founder of the Shingon school of Buddhism.
Shōfuku-ji is a Zen temple founded in 1195 by Eisai, who introduced Zen and tea to Japan; the nation's first tea plants are said to have been planted here.