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Soji-ji Temple, Yokohama

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Sōji-ji is one of two daihonzan of the Sōtō school of Zen Buddhism. The other is Eihei-ji temple in Fukui Prefecture. Fodor's calls it "one of the largest and busiest Buddhist institutions in Japan". The temple was founded in 740 as a Shingon Buddhist temple. Keizan, later known as Sōtō's great patriarch Taiso Jōsai Daishi, founded the present temple in 1321, when he renamed it Sōji-ji with the help and patronage of Emperor Go-Daigo. The temple has about twelve buildings in Tsurumi, part of the port city of Yokohama, one designed by the architect Itō Chūta.HistoryGiving it the name Morooka-dera circa 740, Gyōki (668-749) founded the temple as a Shingon Buddhist temple in Noto, a peninsula on Honshu, Japan's largest island. At that time, the temple was a small chapel within the precincts of a larger Shinto shrine called Morooka Hiko Jinja. By 1296, the temple had grown enough to support a full-time priest and a master ajari named Jōken was assigned there.
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  • It is a temple of the Soto sect. Tsurumi has extensive grounds, to feel nature is. Ishihara Yujiro's grave is famous it is. It flowers from Ishihara Yujiro's grave is still missing. Even to pray in the car parking is so helpful.
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  • Go to Sunrise worship at 6 o'clock on new year's day, unlike most popular of Kawasaki Daishi, tsurugaoka hachimangu shrine, Meiji-Jingu, Naritasan arere? Has the comparatively quiet. It is East tiratsu in the sound of monks chanting, majestic sun-rise. Really beautiful and mysterious nature (universe) and holiness in heart I am struck. However, this is just weather only hope it isn't.
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  • Worthy of the Soto sect Chief temple site is vast and Hall and gate are very large. For the stamp at the reception, to the size of the largest pagoda and prayed. Is a big building, a long hallway floor and glass doors, clean condition, very clean. Auto turn on from the main entrance is located along the railway of JR. Free parking within the car is stopped, and prayed. Handicap parking stalls and pavilions. Many trees in the quiet. Pray you can also partly walk. You can't just bring a pet into the temple. Meditation is done, so you want to join someday.
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  • Lovely ground, though the middle area where festivals are held is like a gravel-dirt soccer pitch. The architecture is fantastic and lots of green. Worth a trip.
  • Large castle or temple alike buildings. There is a wide path to go up the hill. Special events are held sometimes. A graveyard at the top.
  • Beautiful grounds and temples, perfectly kept and peaceful.
  • Great place to spend the afternoon. Huge temple with lots of history. Easily, one of the biggest in the area.
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