Until Nov. 27, thirteen shrines and temples near Hakata Station will be spectacularly illuminated every evening between 17:30 and 21:00, allowing you to see the temples in, quite literally, a new light.
The main hall of Touchouji Temple
The temples are all within walking distance of each other, meaning that, if you get your skates on, you can see all in one night. However, we suggest a more relaxed approach to take in the unique atmosphere of each location.
Torii at Kushida Jinja Shrine
To see the illuminations, you need to buy a ticket book from a participating venue, or one of the official ticket vendors (see below.) The ticket book will give you access to each of the light-up locations (one ticket per location).
You will also be given an official program and map with your ticket book that suggests fastest routes between the temples. It’s all in Japanese, but the map should be understandable to anyone. If you’re struggling to find a temple, be sure to get help from one of the many staff working at each temple.
Hakata Ori projected above a green rock garden at Enkakuji Temple
The temples are all open until 21:00 but last entry to each is at 20:45, so be sure to plan your route around the temples! The light up only continues until Sunday, 27 Nov., so be sure to go ASAP!
Koyo meets illuminations at Touchouji Temple
We didn’t manage to get to all the venues so please do get in touch let us know your favourites if you get a chance to visit the light-up.
• Kushida Jinja Shrine (1-41, Kamikawabata-machi, Hakata-ku)*
• Jotenji Temple (1-29-9, Hakata-ekimae, Hakata-ku)*
• Tochoji Temple (2-4, Gokusho-machi, Hakata-ku)*
• Myorakuji Temple (13-6, Gokusho-machi, Hakata-ku)
• Engakuji Temple (13-11, Gokusho-machi, Hakata-ku)
• Shojoji Temple (10-14, Nakagofuku-machi, Hakata-ku)
• Myodenji Temple (9-12, Nakagofuku-machi, Hakata-ku)
• Hongakuji Temple (14-21, Kami-Gofuku-machi, Hakata-ku)*
• Ryuguji Temple (4-21, Reisen-machi, Hakata-ku)
• Zendoji Temple (6-24, Naka-Gofuku-machi, Hakata-ku)
• Kaigenji Temple (10-5, Naka-Gofuku-machi, Hakata-ku)
Where to Buy Tickets
• Starred (*) temples/shrines above.
• Fukuoka City Tourist Information (Tenjin/Hakata Station), Hakata Machiya Folk Museum, Hakata Traditional Craft Center
• Ticket Pia (Seven Eleven/Circle K Sunkus), Lawson Ticket (Lawson / Mini Stop) , Seven Ticket, e Plus (Family Mart)
Official Website (Japanese)
Photos by Oscar Boyd for Fukuoka Now