Why don't we go to see mind-blowing 41-meter-long reclining Buddha and Kabuki play theater?
Currently spiritual tours are very popular in Japan. Being tired of the hectic pace in city life, many of us are looking for a place where we can mentally recharge before the new week begins.
There are several pilgrimage sites in Japan and believers visit 88 temples associated with the esoteric Buddhist monk Kukai to have their wishes granted. The pilgrimage in Kyushu starts from Nanzoin temple in Sasaguri town. This temple has an exotic and spiritual atmosphere which inspires a feeling of awe. Forty-one-meter, three-hundred-ton Reclining Buddha is just mind-blowing. You can go inside this bronze as well.
Kaho traditional Japanese Kabuki theater was originally built to entertain coal miners because Izuka area used to be the busiest coal-mining town in Japan. In this tour we do NOT see any performance, but this theater itself is the architectural art. Visiting this theater transports you back in time to the nostalgic Showa period(1926-1989).
This tour starts at 9:00a. m.
Head for Kidonanzoin temple by local train
Stroll the temple area for about one hour
Head for Izuka city by local train
Walk to the Kaho theater(15min. )
Tour inside the theater for 30min.
Return to Hakata Sta. by local train
Eat lunch at Hakata Station
Go to the roof floor of the Hakata station building
This tour ends at 14:30
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at either your hotel, your cruise ship terminal, or airport terminal.
End location: I will drop you off at where we began or any predetermined spot.
Duration: 5 hours 30 min.
Kyushu Japan Railways and walking
Estimated Local Cash Needed
3000 yen - Around 3,000 yen but it will increase depending on your hotel location and lunch you'll have.
Local Train(from Hakata Sta. to Kidonanzoin ) ¥370
Local Train(from Kidonanzoin to Izuka) ¥370
Local Train(from Izuka to Hakata Sta.) ¥650
Plus the fare between your hotel and Hakata station
Kaho theater ¥300
I am not a driver. I can arrange for a separate car and driver. In my tours I use public transportation or taxies.
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My day with Asako. Exceeded my expectations! She is a terrific ambassador for her country. A wonderful teacher so excited to share her culture and very patient with a first time American visitor! She has only inspired me to want to return to Japan. Study more about Buddhism, the Shinto religions and other layers of the Japanese culture. She felt like an old friend perhaps our spirits were somehow connected in a previous life! Hopefully you feel you've made a new American friend. Arigatou gozaimashita, Deb