Buzen Kokubunji Temple’s Three-Story Pagoda


The seven-story pagoda at Buzen Kokubunji Temple was destroyed by fire in the war against Otomo Sorin during the Tensho Era (1573 - 1592). In 1895, a three-story pagoda was rebuilt as a reincarnation of the one that burned down, and a completion ceremony took place the following year.
The pagoda we see today was completely dismantled and repaired between 1985 and 1987. At 23.5 meters (about 77 feet) tall, it is the second tallest three-story pagoda in Japan (following the pagoda at Hokiji Temple in Nara). 12 zodiac symbols can be seen carved into the upper half of the second floor’s exterior wall, conjuring up the atmosphere of “cultural enlightenment” that permiated the Meiji Era (mid-19th century - early 20th century).

*About the Pagoda: Prefecturally-Designated Tangible Cultural Asset; original built in 741AD, three-story replica in 1895
*Tours: Occasionally available

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 824-0123 福岡県京都郡みやこ町国分280
Address 280 Kokubun, Miyako Town, Miyako County, Fukuoka
Telephone Number 0930-33-4666(みやこ町歴史民俗博物館)
Contact Miyako Town Board of Education
Car Park 50 vehicles (tour bus space available)
Access From JR Yukuhashi Station, take a Keichiku Kotsu bus to Nishiki Machi bus stop (20 minute walk from there)

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


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