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Rakan-ji Temple
Address1519 Honyabakeimachi Atoda, Nakatsu City, Oita Prefecture
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Situated halfway up Mt. Rakan, Rakan-ji Temple is a Soto Zen sect Buddhist temple known to be one of the country's three locations for the Five Hundred Disciples of the Buddha. It is speculated that the sanctum was built in 645 A.D. by an enlightened one visiting from India. On the premises are stone figures of 500 arhats, as well as numerous kitchen scoops with texts written on them -- they are believed to bring good luck by "scooping/saving" one's fortune.

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