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Tochoji Temple in Fukuoka contains the largest wooden Buddha statue in Japan, of Kannon, goddess of Mercy. It's 11 metres high, & weighs 30 tonnes. It was founded by Kobadaishi after his return from China in 806 ad, and is the oldest Temple in Fukuoka. The graves of several early members of the Kuroda Family (local feudal lords since 1600) are here. (Source: Kyushu.com). Tochoji Temple is adjacent to Gion train station. If it's raining, snowing or just damn hot, like it was when I was there, use the pedestrian subway from Hakata Station to Gion.

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