Soji-ji Temple

Attraction 2-1-1 Tsurumi Tsurumi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 230-0063 Japan Published on: 27-02-2016

1 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:30 AM
11:00 AM
First-time visit
Must see
3.50 - 4.00 USD

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Sojiji Temple is the second head temple of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism and is one of the biggest and most famous Buddhist temples in Japan.

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Why Soji-ji Temple is special ?

Sojiji Temple of the Shingon school of Japanese Buddihism is well known as the 22nd temple on the Kansai pilgrimage circuit. The temple was founded by Yamakage Fujiwara (824-888), a nobleman in the Heian period (794-1192) and the founder of the Yamakage school of Japanese cuisine. The temple is said to have been founded around 879, when Yamakage built this temple as his family's guardian temple and enshrined a statue of multiarmed deity made of fragrant sandalwood there, with the cherished desire of his dead father Takafusa. Later, Sojiji Temple had been flourishing greatly since Yamakage's granddaughter (or great granddaughter) became Emperor Ichijo's grandmother-in-law and the temple was upgraded to a national temple for Emperor Ichijo, and later for Emperors Shirakawa and Toba. The Ceremony of Hocho (knife) is held on April 18 every year, attracting many guests. At the ceremony, a priest slices up fish with a knife gracefully in a Japanese-style room set in the precincts of the temple . The temple has a knife mound where used knives dedicated to the temple by restaurants and families are buried.


What to explore at Soji-ji Temple?

There are more than a dozen significant buildings inside the compound of this spacious (around 67,000 square meters) important temple, which still today attracts many worshippers and monks-in-training.Like many temples in Japan, buildings at Sojiji are connected by long covered corridors.

One of the main attraction of Sojiji is the Butsu-den or Main Buddha's Hall, located in the heart of the temple compound. The Sanmon or Inner Gate and the Koshakudai, the priests living quarters are also a must see.

Dosho Saikawa Roshi, the Head of international department at Sojiji temple is responsible for laymen's zen meditation training in the temple. Saikawa Roshi, who speaks very good english, opens Sojiji temple's dojo (training hall) on sundays to foreign living in Japan and to everyone interested in learning about Zen.


How to get to Soji-ji Temple?

Sojiji Temple stands next to Sojiji-mae bus stop, the first stop after Monzen on buses between Monzen and Togi. However, the temple can also be conveniently reached from Monzen bus stop in about a 15 minute walk. Due to infrequent bus service, walking from Monzen bus stop could well be faster than transferring buses to reach Sojiji-mae bus stop.

Monzen can be reached by direct buses from Wajima (35 minutes, 760 yen, departures every 1-3 hours). While access from Wakura Onsen is indirect and requires taking the Noto Railway to Anamizu (35 minutes, 680 yen, hourly departures) and then transferring to a bus bound for Monzen (35 minutes, 690 yen, departures every 1-3 hours). Finally, there are about four direct buses per day from Hakui Station to Sojiji-mae bus stop (90 minutes, 1530 yen).


Selling points

  • Try the meditation in the morning or afternoon
  • Yokohama blue light Yokohama
  • Excellent place to see ancient cultural
  • More than a dozen significant buildings
  • Nice walking
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2-1-1 Tsurumi Tsurumi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 230-0063 Japan

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Tips for you

  • It is close to Tsurumi JR station west exit, Hardly 5 mins walk.
  • There are english meditation in the morning, once per month.
  • You are free to walk around these beautiful grounds and explore.
    What to know
  • After passing the gate, you can enter the temple's main area, whose buildings encircle an inner courtyard with a small pond and some garden space.
    Things to do


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Ishida Ayumi's famous song is for me the mood i can still feel when i stay in Yokohama were Sojiji is one of my favorite temple in Japan. Here you can practice zazen if you are motivated or just feel the mood of zen temple Soji-ji is one of the most important zen temple.The museum inside is not a great value but the garden and temples are pleasant to visit in autumn .

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