Hakata Temple Tour

A meditative neighborhood nightwalk through Hakata

By Tristan Scholze    - 1 min read
Venue: Hakata When: Mid Oct 2021

Hakata has a fine collection of temples and shrines that make for a relaxing day's stroll – except when it's at night in November. Once a year the city lights up the area's attractions with new emotions, drawing thousands of shutterbugs and contemplating night owls.

Tickets are worth it, however, as the crowds are rather quiet and reflective. And in recent years, neighboring shops also participate by extending hours and lighting up the streets.

A convenient place to begin is Tocho-ji, the large temple a short walk from Hakata Station.

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Tristan Scholze

Tristan Scholze @tristan.scholze

I'm also known as Faer Out. I love learning about people and nature. I've traveled around the world and throughout Japan, and I hope to continue seeing and experiencing the wonder of this planet as long as I live.Based in Japan for nearly two decades, I'm the Regional Partner here for Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures. In addition to my work at JapanTravel, I have a language school called Rainbow Bridges English Academy in Fukuoka and am very interested in teaching, languages, communication, and photography, among other things. Recently, I've been a guest host on NHK World's J-Trip Plan for Caving Adventures in Western Japan as well as Exploration for Black Gold.I love heading downtown to meet up with friends for a night out as well as being able to hop on my motorcycle and be riding through forest-covered mountains or to sandy beaches in 20 minutes. This area is very photogenic and even after years of exploration, there are still plenty of places to discover each weekend! My photographs are available for purchase on iStock, Shutterstock, and Dreamstime or by contacting me.Please contact me if you have any questions about travel in Japan. I'd also be grateful for any follows on social media!

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Preethu 5 years ago
Amazing Pictures!
Andrea Kahlow 5 years ago
What beautiful pictures! looks amazing
Tristan Scholze Author 5 years ago
2015 "Hakata Light-up Walk": 11/15-11/23, 5:30 to 9:00 pm!
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JapanTravel Guest 6 years ago
Wow the lighting makes the temples look so ethereal and beautiful!
Olga 6 years ago
Looks pink with that light-up but actually the color is red, is it?
Tristan Scholze Author 6 years ago
Good question. The big temple (Tocho-ji) in the first photo actually has brown beams and pillars. The pagoda to the left is light red, the usual pagoda color in Japan. Find out more about the temple and see it in the daytime here: https://en.japantravel.com/fukuoka/tochoji-temple-hakata-city/4557