Sōfuku-ji

sights / Religious

Sōfuku-ji information

Location
Nagasaki , Japan
Address
7-5 Kajiya-machi
Getting there
Tram: Shōkakuji-shita
Prices
admission ¥300
Opening hours
8am-5pm
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In Teramachi, this Ōbaku temple (Ōbaku is the third-largest Zen sect after Rinzai and Sōtō) was built in 1629 by Chinese monk Chaonian. Its red entrance gate (Daiippo-mon) exemplifies Ming dynasty architecture. Inside the temple you can admire a huge cauldron that was used to prepare food for famine victims in 1681, and a statue of Maso, goddess of the sea, worshipped by early Chinese seafarers. There's also a matcha tea service (¥700) served with sweets.