Founded by Japanese priest Eisai in 1195, Shofukuji Temple has been regarded as the oldest Zen temple ever constructed in Japan. The temple grounds of Shofukuji is unique to other Zen temples in Japan, but features most of the typical traits. Although the building has been burnt down and rebuilt many times before, the current building still has the resemblance of the ancient temple. The Sanmon Gate, which is the most important gate of Zen Buddhism temples was rebuilt and completed in 1911. The Butsuden Hall behind the Sanmon Gate houses historic golden Buddha figures with the ceiling decorated with a sky dragon painting. The actual buildings are not allowed to be entered by guests, but visitors can stroll through the temple grounds to experience and observe the atmosphere of Zen at Shofukuji Temple. With the deep history and connection with Zen, this location is popular among locals all over Japan to meditate and study Zen at.