Kichijoji Temple


Wisteria viewing spot on top of a small hill, where Amida, a deity for safe childbirth, is enshrined.

The temple is said to have been built by Chinzei Shonin, the second founder of the Jodo sect, at the place of his mother's birth as a family temple to mourn her death in childbirth.
The temple's principal deity is the Haraobi Amida Nyorai, which attracts many worshippers to pray for easy childbirth.
Kichijoji Temple is also known for its wisteria. The temple grounds are home to three 160-year-old Noda wisteria trees, as well as purple, white, red and fuchi-red wisteria, which bloom over an area of about 1,000 sq m. The wisteria flowers, which are at their best in late April, cover the grounds like a canopy, turning them white and purple and creating a spectacular sight.
The annual Wisteria Festival is held from 27-29 April, with many stalls and a performance of 'kichijo taiko' drums, a well-known local entertainment. The Gokaicho of the main deity, the belly-band Amitabha Nyorai, is also held during the festival.

*The Kichijoji Wisteria Festival in 2022 has been cancelled to prevent the spread of new coronavirus infection.

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 807-1114 福岡県北九州市八幡西区吉祥寺町13-11
Address 13-11, Kisshoji-machi, Yahatanishi-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka
Telephone Number 093-617-0203(香月市民センター)
Contact For enquiries about the Wisteria Festival, contact the Kisshoji Wisteria Festival Executive Committee ( Kozuki Civic Centre) 093-617-0203.
Event Days Wisteria Festival 27-29 April every year.
Open [Wisteria Festival] 27, 28 and 29 April (best viewed from late April to early May).
Car Park 37 cars (free of charge)
*Please use the free parking lot at the Kazuki Central Park Sports Ground during the Wisteria Festival.
Access About 7 minutes walk from Nishitetsu Bus Meiji-machi Danchi or about 30 minutes walk from Chikuho Electric Railway Chikuho Kazuki Station.
Approximately 7 minutes from the Komine IC of the Kitakyushu Urban Expressway.

*Information on facilities is subject to change. Please check each official website for the latest information.


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