The temple was founded in 746 in Dazaifu. There are two main halls, Kodo and Kondo. Kondo is an Important Cultural Property of Fukuoka Prefecture.
According to some sources, the temple bell (bonsho) in the temple is one of the oldest fire bells in Japan. The bonsho bell was a small bell used in the ancient times in order to tell time or inform about coming danger. There is also a stone mill, where a Korean monk featured in "Nihon Shoki" milled flour.
Kannon-ji Treasure House was built here in 1959 in order to protect the image and temple’s treasures. There are various Important Cultural Properties apart from image of Buddha kept at the temple. There is also an image of Kannon, more than 5 m tall. The entrance fee is 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for high school students, and 150 yen for junior high school. Business hours are from 9:00 to 17:00. The entrance is until 16:30.
20 minutes from Dazaifu Station on Nishitetsu Dazaifu Line, 10 minutes from Nishitetsu Gosho on Nishitetsu Dazaifu Line. 25 minutes from Tofuromae Station on Nishitetsu Tenjin Omuta Line.
Description: Kanzeon-ji Temple
|Sights||Kanzeon-ji Temple (観世音寺)|
Fukuoka Prefecture, Dazaifu-shi, Kannon-ji 5-6-1
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 092-922-1811|
|Closed dates||7 days open|
|Admission Fee||Pay admission: 500yen|
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|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Kanzeon-ji Temple