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  • Established: 1195, Eisai
  • Japanese: 聖福寺 (Shoufuku ji)

The Shôfuku-ji in Hakata was the first Zen temple to be established in Japan. It was established by Eisai in 1195 on the grounds of a smaller Buddhist shrine known as hyakudô built earlier by the local community of Chinese merchants in Hakata.

The monk-painter Sengai oversaw the rebuilding of the temple at one point in the late 18th or early 19th century, following a fire or other disaster.[1]


  • Richard von Glahn, "The Ningbo-Hakata Merchant Network and the Reorientation of East Asian Maritime Trade, 1150-1350," Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 74:2 (2014), 275.
  1. Timon Screech, Obtaining Images, University of Hawaii Press (2012), 116-117.