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The Tōchō-ji Temple in the centre of Fukuoka is one of the city’s biggest attractions. This is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan and houses the largest sitting wooden Buddha in the country. In spring, the temple grounds offer a magnificent display of flowering cherry blossoms.
The temple also houses the tomb of the monk Kūkai. Kūkai commissioned the construction of the Tōchō-ji Temple in 806 after his return from China, where he had followed Buddhist training. He was the founder of Shingon, a stream of Japanese Buddhism that he wanted to propagate. Today approximately 35% of the population in Japan is Buddhist.