Built in the 8th Century, Fukiji Temple is the oldest wooden structure in Kyushu and a stunning National Treasure. Situated deep within the grounds of a mossy, woodland forest, the temple is particularly striking in winter when it is covered in snow.
Fukuji Temple is best accessed by train and taxi, or by car. The nearest hub to the temple is Bungotakada City.
Bungotakada City can be reached via Usa Station, which is served by the JR Nippo Main Line connecting Usa and Hakata. The temple is a 35-minute drive from Bungotakada City and a 25-minute drive from Kitsuki City.
Fukiji Temple's Amida-do hall is one of the three most important in Japan
The wooden, seated Amida-Nyorai Buddha image is a designated Important Cultural Property
Visitors can participate in a one-hour mini Zen meditation practice
Built in the year 718, the temple is Kyushu’s oldest wooden building. Legend says that the temple was made from one single Kaya (Japanese Torreya) tree.
With its woodland backdrop, the temple is a relaxing spot. Try the Zazen seated meditation, which is practiced to gain insight into the nature of one’s existence.
Visit the Oita Prefectural Museum of History, a showcase of Oita’s history, culture and main attractions. The museum’s highlights include a life-size reconstruction of Fukiji Temple’s main hall, which shows the vibrancy of its now-faded color when it was first erected.
Other exhibits include those related to life and ancient Buddhism in the Kunisaki Peninsula.