Teramachi-dori (Temple Street)

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Teramachi-dori (Temple Street)

OVERVIEW

Tracing their histories some 400 years back, many old temples line teramachi-dori - Nagasaki’s famous temple street.

In the 16th and early 17th century, Nagasaki was a hub of international trade, with European and Chinese traders frequenting its ports, bringing goods from around the world. Chinese traders were the largest group and many lived in Nagasaki, establishing temples based on their hometowns. The ruling shogunate which had been tightening control over the region greatly supported Buddhism and the building of temples over the influence of Christianity, enabling Buddhism to thrive in Nagasaki.

Well-known temples along this street include Kofukuji and Sofukuji - two of the “four fortune temples” of Nagasaki. Many of these temples or their relics have been classed as cultural assets of the city or prefecture, and even national treasures.

AREA
Nagasaki City
INFORMATION
Access information Visit individual temples located near multiple streetcar stops.
Alternatively, start your journey at Shokakuji-shita or Suwajinja-mae streetcar stop for a walk along teramachi-dori (temple street).

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