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Jōten-ji (承天寺?) is a Rinzai temple in Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan. Its honorary sangō prefix is Banshōsan (萬松山?). It was founded by Enni-Ben'en with support from Xie Guo Ming, a Chinese merchant, and construction was completed in 1242.

Monument to the introduction of udon and soba[edit]

The Stone Monument commemorating the birth of Udon and Soba

The founding priest of the temple, Enni-Ben'en went to China in 1235, mastered Zen Buddhism through a great hardship and came back to Japan in 1241. Besides the teachings of Buddhism, he brought back to Japan a variety of cultural features from China. The production methods of udon, soba, yokan and manjū are especially famous among them.

Hakata Sennen Gate[edit]

Hakata Sennen Gate
Jōtenji-dori Avenue

The Hakata Sennen Gate (Hakata-sennen-no-mon (博多千年門?)), the new symbol of the Hakata area, was completed at the entrance of Jōtenji-dori Avenue on March 28, 2014. It is a wooden four-legged gate with a tile roof, and was modeled on Tsuji-no-dōkuchi-mon (辻堂口門?), the gateway of Hakata which appears in ancient documents. Height and length are each approximately 8 metres. It was named in the hope of prosperity for a thousand years in the future of the city of Hakata.[1]


  1. ^ 博多の新シンボル完成 「千年門」1000人通り初め by Nishinippon Shimbun, March 28, 2014(Japanese)

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Coordinates: 33°35′43″N 130°25′01″E / 33.59528°N 130.41694°E / 33.59528; 130.41694